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McLuhan’s birthplace was EDMONTON, Alberta, but he moved to TORONTO in 1946, taught at St. Michael’s College within the University of Toronto, and became a major public figure and educator.
You’ll find the Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre on the ground floor of Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, open Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4pm. Elmer the Safety Elephant, the Boyd Gang, an old fashioned police station, traffic signals, handcuffs, finger printing, a motorcycle and police car, photographs, models – they’re all here. Kids love it, and the exhibits are adult-friendly as well.
Best of all – it’s free.
This month ART + AUCTION brought us 6 pages on Richard Deacon, a London sculptor who does extraordinary things with extraordinary things. There’s a huge Deacon sculpture in our city, near Lake Ontario, at the corner of Queen’s Quay East and Yonge Street. Says Mr Deacon: “I learned how to do technical drawing for public commissions like ‘Between the Eyes’, 1990 for Queen’s Quay in Toronto, but computing has changed all that. Now you can make a model, scan it, and produce the sculpture in a factory.”
Adjacent to CBC’s Broadcasting Centre, in tiny Simcoe Park, sits one of the finer pieces of public art in TORONTO – a city not known for fine pieces of public art. It’s by British sculptor Anish Kapoor. Indian-born, a Royal Academician and a Commander of the British Empire, his work is shown worldwide. In North America, his best-known creation, Cloud Gate, is the centrepiece of Chicago’s Millennium Park, and he’s currently working on a project for London’s Summer Olympics in 2012.
The TORONTO sculpture (Untitled, 1995) is made from stacked aluminum layers cut with waterjets. It’s wonderfully photogenic.
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