Friday, July 21, 2017

Sculpture in the Financial District

Sculptures taken around the city at various times over the years.
I am attempting to kind of group them by location.

We're in the financial district.

U.V.Ceti - Andrew Posa, 1982 on Wellington St.

A flare star is a variable star that can undergo unpredictable dramatic increases in brightness for a few minutes. It is believed that the flares on flare stars are analogous to solar flares in that they are due to the magnetic energy stored in the stars' atmospheres. The best-known flare star is UV Ceti, discovered in 1948.

Also by Posa, found just this week, also on Wellington St.

Marlin - Andrew Posa 1987

This polished bronze sculpture brings to mind a marlin jumping out of the sea and flashing in the sun. The sculpture is one piece but it twisted and bent so it appears to be a shorter piece in front, which looks like the tail, and a piece twice as high in the back, which would form the body. The piece flows as it is slightly turned and gently twists as it rises vertically to sharp, triangular-shaped ends. The gold colour of the sculpture contrasts nicely with the square black granite block it sits on as well as the black building it is in front of.

Wellington and University
Pas de Trois - Russell Jacques 1984

Royal Bank Plaza Front St.

Foliage - Gio Pomodoro, 1975

I've used this piece for numerous themes over the years.

City People, by Catherine Widgery, consists of 18 painted aluminum cutouts located on the stairs leading up to the plaza and mounted on poles that allow them to turn in the wind. With a variety of people shown, the installation is supposed to reflect that of passing pedestrians navigating this busy section of the city.

Just across Bay Street at King and surrounding the Commerce Court complex of buildings is a plaza featuring a fountain in its centre, and a three piece bronze sculpture by Derrick Stephan Hudson entitled, Tembo, Mother of Elephants completed in 2002. The sculptures were installed on site in 2005 on loan from the L.L. Odette Foundation of Windsor, Ontario.

TD Centre
“The Pasture,” created by famed Canadian sculptor, Joe Fafard, features seven life-sized cows that populate the grassy courtyard. In their leisure, they bring a sense of sense of calm and beauty to a normally bustling urban setting.

Not a sculpture but it is usually mentioned when talking about art and sculpture in the area.

Derek Michael Besant’s “Waterfall” in Scotia Plaza. Standing at 11 feet tall and comprised of 69 panels, it is the largest indoor mural in Canada and depicts in full scale the largest waterfall in Johnston Canyon, Alberta.

1 comment:

  1. The elephants and the pasture are my favourites of these. I have seen the waterfall panels before. Great angle for that one!


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