Tuesday, October 13, 2020

3-Story Sculpture 'Dreaming' at Richmond-Adelaide Centre

Oxford Properties placed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's $2 million, 2.5 tonnes sculpture 'Dreaming' at the centre in early October 2020. Located in the Toronto Financial District on the north side of Adelaide Street between York and Bay Streets, nestled into the square at the southwest corner of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre.

The sculpture is a white marble and resin stone portrait of a young girl in contemplation by Jaume Plensa, an award winning artist who has public art installations around the world. Oxford Properties purchased the sculpture as part of a $650 million revitalization of several of their properties at this location.

“We are invested in Toronto’s urban landscape and in creating a magnetic destination that inspires people,” said Eric Plesman, Oxford Properties’ Executive Vice President for North America. “The Dreaming installation is a landmark sculpture that will attract visitors from the immediate community and broader audiences to a public plaza that will support the vitality of downtown Toronto and our ongoing evolution as a world class city.

“This is a crucial time to bring inspiring outdoor spaces that encourage connection between urban development, art and the community. After months of staying at home, Dreaming will be there to welcome back workers, residents and visitors as we start to bring back vitality to the downtown core. She gives a message of hope, courage and quiet contemplation at a time of great upheaval in all of our lives.”

“The installation of this large-scale sculpture at the Richmond-Adelaide Centre’s new Terrace couldn’t have come at a better time for residents seeking socially distant ways to enjoy Toronto’s outdoor, public art,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to thank Oxford Properties for embracing its commitment to public art with the selection of Dreaming which will catch the eye of every passerby at this newly restored commercial plaza. The restoration and redevelopment of the surrounding office buildings represent a multi-year revitalization initiative by Oxford that will greatly improve our city’s Financial District.”

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