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Giant Sculpture Honours Liberty Village’s Industrial Past

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A photo of the sculpture taken June 6. Photo by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.


A neighbourhood mystery sprung up in Liberty Village last week, when locals spotted construction workers installing something big and scary. A post over on The Grid alerted us to the new piece of art going up in Liberty Village Park, but at the time, there was no info on what it was or who was behind it.
As it turns out, the imposing structure is called Perpetual Motion, and it’s the work of artist Francisco Gazitua, whose numerous public works also include the Rosa Nautica sculpture at CityPlace. Its industrial look is no accident—it pays homage to a time when Liberty Village was condo-free and full of factories. Amongst its tenants was Inglis, makers of farming equipment, machine guns, and home appliances of all sorts, including washing machines, the inspiration for this piece.
Lynn Clay of the Liberty Village BIA told us that development company CanAlfa is behind the “sculptural gateway.” Gazitua was selected through a juried competition the company held in 2010, and, according to CanAlfa’s release, Perpetual Motion will be “gifted” to the City’s public art collection.

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