Yesterday, we posted the first article of a five-day series on the public art that has been draped above all twenty-four station stops on the St. Clair Right-of-Way. If you have not had a chance to view the story, complete with photos, click here. Today, we will continue heading west, showcasing the talent on display at the Spadina, Tweedsmuir, Bathurst, Vaughan and Wychwood stops.
First up is Spadina. The artwork gracing the shelter is unique in its criss-crossing metal screens, which embodies the dramatic climate we endure in Toronto, hence its name, Weather Sampler. Judith Schwarz, the artist of this piece, certainly captures the weather in an interesting manner; rain and sleet can be seen represented in the far right of the first photo, while sunspots are evident in the close-up photo above.
One of the more abstract pieces, certainly in the digital transparency category, is Yam Lau’s, Nearness and Distance – A Chinese Ruler at the Tweedsmuir stop. For those unclear of what it represents, it was a system of measurement often used in China which was utilized to build landmarks such as the Great Wall. The artist does not view the piece as simply abstract, but also emotional and poetic.
This one is for the sweet-tooth. At Bathurst and St. Clair, you will find a stark red fixture above the streetcar shelter. The wavy installation titled Icing is likely a nod to some of the bakeries in the area. Kristan Horton is the person responsible for the piece.
Yvonne Lammerich created this piece at Vaughan Road, entitled Brick Works – the body speaks to us. Belonging to the multi-media category, you may have seen these images before, likely on the web. When viewing the installation, it will appear as if the rows are slanted and the lines in between run at a slope. This is a trick of the mind and eyes, as in reality they are completely straight and level. It may prove puzzling and possibly even headache-inducing for those commuters traveling before and after the long workday!
The final stop today, Wychwood, features art that is simple in subject, yet effective. Toronto Rooftops by Michael Alstad features just that, twelve photos of the tops of some city buildings. Buildings include Robart’s Library at the University of Toronto and the Liberty Grand building at Exhibition Place. Can you name the others?
Join us on Wednesday, when another five stops will be featured: Christie, Arlington, Winona, Oakwood and Glenholme. The series will conclude on Friday with the last stop at Keele.
Again, you can visit the St. Clair ROW thread in the Transportation & Infrastructure section of the forum to learn more about the Transit Improvement Project.