Friday, November 25, 2011

Soldiers and Thimbles: Sculptures in #Toronto

Giant salt and sculpture shakers sprinkled their magic art over the City of Toronto and here and there you can find a work of art. Something to look at and enjoy, free of charge, just like mini skirts and shorts.
Down near the lakefront at Bathurst and Fleet you can find Douglas Coupland's Toy Soldiers War of 1812 installation. The golden soldier is a British guy standing over a silver, fallen American soldier. A CBC story states that "The standing soldier is painted gold and depicts a member of the 1813 Royal Newfoundland Regiment. The other is painted silver and depicts an American soldier from the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment. The monument is meant to be a scene from April 27, 1813, when U.S. troops overran Fort York, burned it and then left."
I was fascinated to find that the 9 foot Button and Thimble sculpture, shown above, by Stephen Cruise at Richmond and Spadina was funded by the TTC and the City of Toronto Fashion Industry Liaison Committee. The work is a community marker for the Fashion District and "reflects on the contributions of its workers and on the presence of 'touch' in the making of garments. The sculpture will be flanked by two tree pit buttons, with accompanying trees, creating a new plaza space for this area as well as a focal point for traffic travelling west along Richmond or north on Spadina. The tree pit buttons also function as a seating area, encouraging short term usage of the site."

You can also find many works of public art at the City's website which includes an art map, or many private installations in this Art in Toronto's Streets website.

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