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First Canadian Place marble to be turned into sculptures

Posted by Robyn Urback / August 18, 2010


A Toronto artist group has received 1,600 slabs of marble worth $250,000 from the owners of First Canadian Place at King and Bay.

The marble panels are being extracted from the exterior of the building and replaced with more weather-resistant materials. Artists will begin publicly reworking the recycled marble this Friday.

"This marble is one of the best -- Carrara marble from northern Italy," Zoya Balija, owner of Leonardo Galleries and a member of the group, Toronto Art Visions, told the Toronto Star. "Its quality is known worldwide."

Five artists from Canada and Costa Rica will create medium-sized sculptures and a five-panel painted mural.

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Marushka / August 18, 2010 at 02:40 pm
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This is the sort of philanthropy the City needs to improve Toronto's public space and public art. Whether it's funding, or materials - Those who have reaped so much benefit from conducting business in Toronto should be contributing back. It's not just hospital wings the City needs (though I would not argue these aren't wonderful, necessary gestures of kindness). Contributing to our physical environment is what will position Toronto as a 1st class city.
Brad Johnson / August 19, 2010 at 02:47 pm
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So we'll see stained brown sculptures that fall apart in a light rainstorm now too?

'marble worth $250,000' a matter of argument, but it's a nice spin
bob / August 19, 2010 at 08:24 pm
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Wait a minute, how do you know the art will be outdoors?
Laurie / August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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Please read the Toronto Star article > everything stated is true. The sculptures are being created in the outdoor courtyard at First Canadian Place. You're welcome to watch and speak with the artists. The completed sculptures and paintings will be on exhibit at Leonardo Galleries.

Spirit of Diversity International Sculpture Symposium;
First Canadian Place courtyard
100 King Street West at Bay (at the building’s west side)
August 20 to 31, weekdays only (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), opening reception at Leonardo Galleries on August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Our Fragile Planet Exhibit;
Leonardo Galleries
133 Avenue Road (south of Davenport Road, in Yorkville)
August 20 to September 4, Tuesday-Saturday, opening reception August 26 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Info:
www.torontoartvisions.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto-Art-Visions/113043385378984
www.leonardogalleries.com
Laurie / August 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm
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Please read the Toronto Star article; everything stated in it is true. The sculptures are being created in the outdoor courtyard at First Canadian Place. You're welcome to watch and speak with the artists. The completed sculptures and paintings will be on exhibit at Leonardo Galleries.

Spirit of Diversity International Sculpture Symposium;
First Canadian Place courtyard
100 King Street West at Bay (at the building’s west side)
August 20 to 31, weekdays only (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), opening reception at Leonardo Galleries on August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Our Fragile Planet Exhibit;
Leonardo Galleries
133 Avenue Road (south of Davenport Road, in Yorkville)
August 20 to September 4, Tuesday-Saturday, opening reception August 26 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Info:
www.torontoartvisions.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto-Art-Visions/113043385378984
www.leonardogalleries.com
Crookfield / August 20, 2010 at 01:07 am
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i agree with the other guy. that building has been an eyesore for 10 years, stained and dirty looking. pieces falling off it. the marble was slated for the dump. now the owners donate the pieces as "art" and put a $250k value on it so they can pocket a juicy tax write off. to top it off, someone else has to haul all the old marble away, building owners laugh all the way to the bank again. same old scam, rich get richer
kalb / August 20, 2010 at 02:00 am
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Eche un vistazo a tu blog, tu estilo de escritura, escribiendo los conocimientos y la potenciación del papel de estudio. Al mismo tiempo también compartir feliz.<strong><a href="http://www.shopmbtshoesonline.com/";>mbt</a></strong>
Marushka / August 20, 2010 at 11:59 am
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Give the artists some credit already. It's not as though materials are cheap to come by - and hand outs aside - the people who will ultimately enjoy the works will not care where the materials came from, as long as the art is beautiful, which it may very well be. I'm optimistic.
Tony / August 21, 2010 at 07:14 am
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The estimated value of $250,000 was an estimate by Toronto Art Visions, not by the company. Toronto Art Visions is a not-for-profit community arts organization that approached the owners of First Canadian Place when they heard that all of the marble was going to be recycled and that some of it would be available for community art projects. The $250,000 figure represents what the marble is worth to the artists, not to the company, and is the equivalent of approximately 80 cents a pound, which is quite a bit less than what it would have cost to buy new Carrara marble.

Clifford Restoration Limited has the contract to remove the marble from the building. They are selling the marble for recycling, at a much lower value than the artists' estimate, and are donating ALL of the proceeds of the sale to charity. They also provided space at their owns site to Toronto Art Visions, no charge, so that the marble could be pre-cut for the symposium, and they delivered the marble back to the site for the event.

Once the caulking, surface grime etc. are removed, what's underneath is still beautiful white Italian Carrara marble, the same kind used by Michelangelo. Doubters should visit First Canadian Place park at 100 King Street West from August 23 to 31, to see what the artists can do.

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