First Canadian Place marble to be turned into sculptures

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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