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Hidden Toronto: Comfort Woman Statue

BY RICHARD LONGLEY

FEBRUARY 7, 2020 8:00 AM

Toronto bronze to commemorate the suffering of “comfort women” during the Second World War is a replica of the statue placed in protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in 2011

What Pyeonghwaui Sonyeosang, also known as the Comfort Woman Statue.

Where In front of the Korean Canadian Cultural Association Centre, 1133 Leslie.

When Sunday, February 2.

Why To commemorate the suffering of “comfort women.” Toronto’s bronze, which was unveiled in 2016, is a replica of the one created by husband-and-wife team Kim Woo-Sung and Kim Suh-Kyung and placed in protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in 2011. The bird on the statue’s shoulder represents freedom and peace, which is why the sculpture is sometimes referred to as the Statue of Peace.

Toronto was the third city outside Korea – and the first Canadian city – to erect the monument. Vancouver was originally slated to be the first to unveil the statue, but those plans were cancelled in the face of widespread Japanese community opposition.
 

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Hidden Toronto: Monsters For Beauty, Permanence And Individuality

The Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater found the inspiration for his sculptures in a panorama of Toronto buildings that were built of brick after the great fire of 1904

BY RICHARD LONGLEY

FEBRUARY 14, 2020

What Monsters For Beauty, Permanence And Individuality by Duane Linklater.

Where Lower Don River Valley Park between the river and the trail north of the Prince Edward Viaduct.


When Friday, January 24.

Why To represent the tsunami of destruction and renewal that’s swept through the city and Don River over two centuries. The Omaskêko Cree artist from Moose Cree First Nation found his inspiration for his sculptures in a panorama of Toronto buildings that were built of brick after the great fire of 1904 and featured in the book, Building for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality, that was published by the Don Valley Brick Works sometime in the 1920s. (The panorama is displayed on a wall at Evergreen Brick Works.)
 

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Hidden Toronto: Monsters For Beauty, Permanence And Individuality

The Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater found the inspiration for his sculptures in a panorama of Toronto buildings that were built of brick after the great fire of 1904

BY RICHARD LONGLEY

FEBRUARY 14, 2020



They are very similar to the "ruins" in Guildwood Park (though the Guildwood Park "ruins" are actual ruins from demolished buildings in downtown Toronto; the one in the Don Valley are inspired by said ruins (the ones in downtown Toronto)).
 

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