‘Out of this world’ sculptures land in midtown

In Toronto, there are a number of public artworks that re-imagine the human subject. I’m thinking, for example, of Hadley+ Maxwell’s... Read More

The connections between public art and activism

In this moment of social and political upheaval, as protesters demand racial justice in response to police brutality and systemic... Read More

“Visiting” CONTACT Photography Festival exhibits in the age of COVID

When COVID anxiety was at its peak in late March and early April, photographs of empty public spaces proliferated on social media... Read More

Toronto’s 10-year public art strategy

Last week, Mayor John Tory dropped by OCAD to declare that 2021 would be the year of public art in Toronto. This announcement sets up... Read More

Connecting the dots of Nuit Blanche and Toronto Biennial

It’s an exciting time for Toronto. There is a sense of possibility that has always been here but is now manifesting in tangible ways... Read More

Time for public art: the New Toronto Courthouse construction site mural

As readers of my column know, I am an avid promoter of site-specific artworks, and I’m not alone. The kinds of conversations we are... Read More

Understanding Ron Arad’s new public art at Yonge and Bloor

Outside of One Bloor East, two towering cylindrical figures slink around one another. The sculpture’s reflective steel encasement is... Read More

Alchemy at the Gardiner Museum

A new piece of public art has been added to Toronto’s public art landscape, one that seeks to comfort, cajole, and seduce. This new... Read More

Life on the Line: Light in the Tunnel

(Alex Garant, “Midnight”) For the past month, you... Read More

Public Art Manifesto: Rethinking public art’s possibilities

Works of public art are markers of what a society deems to be important, and the choices we make about what works to erect attest to... Read More