Residents and business owners on St. Clair Avenue West have endured an extensive and controversial transit improvement project, designed to improve streetcar service in the area. Now, instead of having to tolerate the lengthy construction work and the disgruntled faces of some motorists, residents and business owners can breathe a little easier and appreciate new art installations that have sprouted above all 24 station stops.
Rina Greer is a public art consultant who collaborated with the TTC to oversee four different competitions for artwork installations above each of the station stops on the 512 St. Clair streetcar route, from Gunn’s Loop to Yonge Street. Two of these competitions relied on an open call for artists, while the other two were by invitation. In the end, over 350 entries were whittled down to 24, with 21 artists being responsible for the selected pieces. One of the main goals of the project, according to Greer, was to create pieces that were “both timeless and elegant.” Each of the art installations is unique in subject and materials used, ranging from glass to metal and multi-media creations.
Over the past week, we’ve featured artwork from stops along the route; above are five of the installations, but you can see the whole set in our complete series on the St. Clair streetcar stops.
Photos by Marcus Mitanis.