ARTIST DOUGLAS COUPLAND’S ICONIC ‘RED CANOE’ OVERLOOKS THE GARDINER EXPRESSWAY

The red canoe is positioned between CANOE LANDING PARK & the Gardiner Expressway.  It’s seen by thousands of motorists every day.

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CHICAGO’S JUSTUS ROE III WILL BE HERE THIS SUMMER PAINTING THE WEST END’S RONCY BRIDGE

<PHOTO – Justus Roe & TORONTO Mayor John Tory>

As part of a cultural ‘entente cordiale’ with our neighbour across the Great Lakes, TORONTO and CHICAGO are exchanging innovative artists this summer. In a partnership with our city’s STEPS Initiative, the free-style muralist will be tackling the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge <PHOTO – STEPS>

<75-foot-long mural, 222 West Merchandise Plaza, Chicago, Justus Roe>

Mr. Roe has no design plan. “I freestyle it,” he says. “I find that I have better success when I don’t work off a sketch and I let the environment guide it.”

<Andersonville, a Chicago neighbourhood>

<Kedzie Underpass, Chicago>

<‘Bright Lights, Big City’ for the Chicago Artist’s Coalition>

This is a year of celebration for both cities – Canada/150 over here, and Chicago’s Year of Public Art over there. By this fall a TORONTO artist, once chosen, will be undertaking something similar in the Windy City.

JAMES TURRELL’S “STRAIGHT FLUSH” LIGHTS UP THE BAY/ADELAIDE CENTRE, FINANCIAL DISTRICT

turrell1In this season of light, why not stop by the Bay/Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, to enjoy James Turrell’s animated sculpture, “Straight Flush”.  Installed in 2009, it’s in the lobby on the south side.

JAMESTURRELLJames Turrell, born in 1943 in Pasadena, California, is known for his light tunnels and projects, which take on a three-dimensional quality.

“My interest is working with light and space.  I have always been fascinated with the range of light at different locations around the world.” – James Turrell

“NOT FADE AWAY” – TWO MURALS BY BILL WRIGLEY. ONE SURVIVES & THE OTHER IS NEARLY GONE

FADING11‘Passing Glances’ on Widmer Street at Adelaide, was the most personal of murals.  It celebrated those who lived in the neighbourhood in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Some are still with us, others have passed on.  This work is almost extinct.

As Joni Mitchell sings in Big Yellow Taxi:
“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone”

FADING13Another BILL WRIGLEY mural can be found on the south side of the Senator Restaurant, Victoria Street, just south of Yonge/Dundas Square> It’s in good shape.

BILL WRIGLEY has specialized in professional mural painting for over 25 years and is recognized in Canada as a leading artist in the field. He has earned commissions from as far away as Japan and Mexico, across Canada and in the United States.

Website – http://www.billwrigley.com/

JAMES CARPENTER’S LIGHT INSTALLATION, YORK STREET, SOUTHCORE FINANCIAL CENTRE

carpenter1Above YORK STREET, from TORONTO’s Southcore Financial Centre to Union Station, a corrugated glass bridge has become a public art landmark.  Created by the acclaimed New York light artist, JAMES CARPENTER, “Lake Light Threshold” consists of illuminated prismatic sheets of glass which change colour.  Pedestrians, crossing from office buildings to the railway station, become animated components, clearly visible to passing automobile and airplane traffic.

carpenter2PHOTO – artist JAMES CARPENTER – Tom Sandler, http://www.thegenteel.com