Most of us have made up our minds about the 7pm to 7am multi-zone art party by now, and the chatter about whether it's art or simply entertainment has given way to chatter about which bars and restaurants will be open late (yes, my thirsty adventurers, we'll have the scoop on that for you tomorrow), and who's tweeting the best finds and overheards (we'll try our best).
Here's the lowdown: in conjunction with the publicly voted Aimia Photography Prize, the AGO has commissioned a truck to travel across Toronto (and beyond) featuring the four artists shortlisted for the $50,000 award. It's a smart move on the part of organizers given the mandate of the prize. What better way to get the artists' work in the face of potential voters?
These are 10 videos that'll make you fall in love with Toronto (all over again).
The list of installations is long and impressive, but we probably take them for granted at list a little while stuck in our everyday routine. But what constitutes good public art? Are the best pieces the ones that integrate so well with their environment that you barely notice them? Or are they contestable works that function by attracting attention to a particular part of the space in which they reside? Does public art have to be entirely given over to the public, or can it be housed private places with public access?
The following list includes pieces that fall into one or more of the above categories, but whose primary criteria for being "best" is in their contribution to the mythology of urbanity and humanity in Canada's biggest city. Here are the top 10 public art installations in Toronto.