Toronto Through My Lens

Month: June 2023 (Page 1 of 3)

“Untitled (Toronto Lamp Posts)”

In the Canary District on Front Street East there resides a chaotic sculpture by artist Tadashi Kawamata.

Untitled (Toronto Lamp Posts) is a twelve-metre-high tower that contrasts with the geometry of the condos, street lines and organized public space of Front Street in the West Don Lands.

To make this piece, a selection of lamp posts was sourced from various yards and depots and the artist worked in an organic way, selecting on the spot which post would go where, to create the effect he intended.

The sculpture, which invites pedestrians into its centre, is an accumulation of lampposts that appear to hold themselves together as Mikado sticks just before they fall. At night, the lamps are lit with energy-efficient bulbs, creating a bright internal volume.

The sculpture was commissioned by Waterfront Toronto and installed in 2015.

Toronto Pride 2023

Well, the streets have been swept, the tourists have (mostly) gone and the village has settled back down to its everyday rhythm. Toronto Pride is over for another year but it left in its wake a lot of memories. For today’s TOcityscapes, I give you a small sampling of this past weekend’s mayhem (each image is clickable for a larger view).

There were…

Merchants & Vendors…

Dancing In The Street…

Pride Pups…

Lots of Love, Colour & Messages…

Random Oddities & Mayhem…

If I could put a thought bubble above this woman, it would say: “What the f…?!” I thought the same when I first saw this tree taking a cigarette break.

And Of Course, Drag Queens!…

– That’s about it… see you next year! –

Pride Is Bustin’ Out All Over

I went for a little spin around the ‘hood this evening to find that, yes, Pride is indeed bustin’ out all over…

… At Turning Point:

… At TD Canada Trust (Church & Wellesley branch, natch):

… At RBC:

… At Wellesley subway station:

… At Scotia Bank:

… On rooftops:

… At the LCBO:

… Even at the Green P!:

… At the Fox & Fiddle:

… At the OPSEU office:

… At Rexall:

… At The Wine Rack:

… At Dudley’s Hardware store:

… And not to forget Dudley’s always-entertaining Barbie window:

… and lastly, good old Out On The Street:

See you this weekend!

“Cloaked Presence”

In front of the condo The Gloucester on Yonge at 3 Gloucester Street (corner of Yonge Street and Gloucester Street), there is a fairly new sculpture entitled Cloaked Presence.

Created by American artist Albert Paley in 2021, the piece was commissioned by the developer Concord Adex as part of its Percent for Public Art Program for Private Development. In Toronto, this “percent for public art policy” states that 1% of capital project costs on private development projects go towards public art. A fantastic concept, I think, and it really gets new art and sculpture out front of most of the new condos.

Here’s a short video showing how the piece was assembled in front of its new home at The Gloucester on Yonge condo:

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