Toronto Through My Lens

“The Water Guardians”

On the Front Street Promenade in the Canary district there resides an interesting sculpture entitled The Water Guardians. Created by Toronto artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, the painted steel and concrete piece was installed in 2015.

The Water Guardians is an integrated artwork, landscape design and play project. It depicts three towering abstract figures, keeping watch over a stylized river made of recycled rubberized play surface, which flows underneath them. The riverway runs on the same axis as Front Street (east to west within the artwork site) and is punctuated by green mounds of rubberized play surface.


  1. Bob K

    Not my favourite public art in the city, I’d have to say, but nice to have it highlighted anyways. The other one I dislike a fair bit is the cartoonish family scene outside 18 Yonge.

  2. jody

    I think it is very playful.

  3. David

    You look at this area and think what it looked like 20 years ago. What a change. I guess the Pan Am games sort of started a whole new building surge here. I like to see this development.

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