Saturday, June 16, 2018

Toronto Sculpture Garden relaunch

A tiny oasis of calm on an otherwise busy street in the heart of downtown Toronto contains a waterfall and a place to showcase the art of sculpture. Located at 115 King Street East, just across from St James Cathedral, the small parkette is accessible from King Street and the alley to the south. The City has relaunched the Toronto Sculpture Garden after a brief hiatus in 2014 and will feature two exhibits this year. "I am delighted this public art location is active once again and I look forward to seeing exciting new works there now and in the future," said Mayor John Tory.

Up first is an installation by Canadian artist Karen Kraven with a piece called Pins and Needles, made with marine canvas and lightweight plastic. It resembles a drying rack for giant clothes.

"Inspired by the histories of labour strikes that occurred at garment factories in Montreal, Toronto and New York, the exhibit takes its name from a hit Broadway show organized by the editor of a newspaper from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Kraven's artwork takes apart the individual pieces that make up women's trench coats and transforms them into sculptural elements. The disassembled clothing casts away its functionality and suggests abandoned bodies, much like the act of going on strike. The installation will remain on display until September 15."

Find the garden on the Toronto Discovery Walks route

From 1981 to 2014 the garden had 60 exhibitions from over 80 artists. Managed by the City and developed by the Lous L. Odette Family, The City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture. The next exhibit will be in the fall of this year. Here is the garden with a sculpture in 2011.

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