Thursday, June 02, 2022

Donkey with casts on legs statue

A cute donkey statue is displayed in Clover Hill Park along Bay Street. The work is titled 'Primrose' by artist Myfanwy MacLeod and is based on a real donkey that was unable to walk until assisted by veterinarians.
From the artist's website: "PRIMROSE, 2019 MYFANWY MACLEOD: Primrose is part of a trilogy of sculptures that includes The Birds (2010) and The Lady (2017). Like the bestiaries of the Middles Ages, these three public artworks play on the symbolism associated with animals in art and literature. Commissioned by the City of Toronto for Clover Hill Park, a small high-profile park that provides a multi-faceted gathering space within an urban setting, Primrose marks the entrance to St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She stands on a grassy knoll located at the north end of the park, in the shade of a tree adjacent to St. Basil’s Church facing south towards an abstract stainless-steel sculpture, Zen West (1980), by artist Kosso Eloul (b.1920 - d.1995). The painted bronze sculpture of a baby donkey, complete with pink bronze casts on her legs, commemorates a lighthearted news report about a little donkey named Primrose, born prematurely and unable to walk. Thanks to the heroic efforts of two British vets, who fitted her with a pair of casts, she was able to walk again. The bronze humorously gives the work an air of solemnity and gravitas not intended by the initial news story."

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