RICHARD SERRA, a sculptor and artist who does amazing things with weathered steel, is represented in most of North America’s major art museums. TORONTO has installed one of his finest pieces in the Departure Lounge at Pearson International Airport. The sculpture is called ‘Tilted Spheres’, and you can get as close to it as you like. Of course – some Canuck humour here – you’ll need an international plane ticket in order to do so.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has honoured MISSISSAUGA’s Absolute Towers (50 and 56 storeys) as “the best new high-rise buildings in the Americas/2012”. The Towers (nicknamed Marilyn, after curvaceous Marilyn Monroe) are located near TORONTO’s western border, easily recognizable on the Mississaugan skyline.
The architect: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects, Beijing.
The CTBUH Award Committee noted, “There have been several curvaceous towers completed in recent years – some using balconies to achieve the free-form edge and others using the whole façade. With Absolute we see the entire building twisting to achieve the organic form, creating a beautiful new landmark for a developing urban area.”
TORONTO has 8 well-used streetcar lines, the largest network in North America. For tourists, one of the best is the #501, which runs from Neville Park in the Beach to Long Branch in the west end. Most of the trackage has been rebuilt over the past 5 years. A new fleet of streetcars will soon make their debut.
Conceived by British artist, LUKE JERRAM, forty-one specially painted pianos have been scattered all around town. They’re yours to play, and Torontonians are doing precisely that – with style. Each piano represents a nation taking part in the forthcoming Pan-American Games/2015. Artists from across the Americas did the painting.