Art in the City: Part 2-Cityplace
Toronto's urban landscape is a veritable museum containing more than 1500 works of art - from sculpture to painting, multimedia, landscape architecture and street art - that are available for residents and visitors to enjoy, completely free, all the time. The City's Percent for Public Art guidelines stipulate that 1% of the gross costs of new construction should be allocated for investment in public art. With more new construction happening in Toronto than anywhere else in North America the collection is constantly expanding. The recently-launched ArtworkxTO commences a ten-year initiative to strengthen the city's commitment to public art with a focus on exhibiting and supporting the work of Indigenous artists. This six-part series will explore highlights of Toronto's extensive public art collection, with each "episode" focusing on clusters of works in different neighbourhoods. Enjoy individual or multiple episodes as you like!
Part 2 will take us through Cityplace, a recently developed district within the former Railway Lands that features a high concentration of exciting contemporary art. Canoe Landing Park, the neighbourhood focal point, is an integrated work of art and landscape architecture by Douglas Coupland, a prolific author, artist and recipient of the Order of Canada. Other highlights include several works by the Chilean sculptor Franciso Gazitua, "Flower Power" by Mark DiSuvero, "Gardiner Streams" by Katherine Harvey, and the Monument to the Chinese Railroad Workers.