PYEONGWAUI SONYEOSANG, otherwise known as the Comfort Woman, is out in the snow in front of the Korean Canadian Cultural Centre, 1133 Leslie Street. This replica, created by husband-and-wife team Kim Woo-Sung and Kim Suh-Kyung, commemorates the abducted women forced to ‘comfort’ the Japanese armed forces during the Second World War. Photos by RICHARD LONGLEY, NOW Magazine, February/2020
AND FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T READ UPSIDE-DOWN . . .“THE RULE OF LAW IS A REFLECTION OF US ALL” – photos BRYAN BLENKIN
The red canoe is positioned between CANOE LANDING PARK & the Gardiner Expressway. It’s seen by thousands of motorists every day.
<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> 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.”
<‘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.
In 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.
James 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
‘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”
Another 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 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/
<PHOTO – @Urban Toronto>
Above 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.
PHOTO – artist JAMES CARPENTER – Tom Sandler, http://www.thegenteel.com