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“Fair Grounds”

Fair Grounds (2001-2003) is a work by Canadian artist Michel Goulet. It is comprised of two parts, a part residing on each side of the main entrance to the Icon II condo at 250 Wellington Street West.

Part 1: The Ribbons

Colourful ribbons recall the tradition of tying a ribbon around one’s finger or around a cherished object as a reminder to oneself to remember, or as a call for hope or a happy ending.

Part 2: The Chairs

Eight chairs, each unique in their period and style, are arranged in pairs to simulate different relationships between two people when they meet on equal terms.

While these two parts stand their own ground, they also trigger a reading that connects them, expanding the dialogue to a further dimension. The chairs are an invitation to take a seat with others or in the absence of others, while the ribbon colours intertwine with hopes or dreams and keep wishes, promises and memories alive.

The sculpture is made of stainless steel and painted aluminum, and was commissioned by Tridel & the Dorsay Development Corporation for the 2003 completion of the Icon II condominium complex.

2 Comments

  1. David

    Another sculpture that I have not seen. But I will be on the lookout for it. I like the first one with ribbons. It is colourful and whimsical.

  2. Jody

    Again- something I have never seen- very cool.

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