New Sculptures Coming to the West Don Lands
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New Sculptures Coming to the West Don Lands

Water guardians and weird streetlights will liven up Front Street East.


The West Don Lands are a giant construction site at the moment, but in two years, if all goes according to plan, they’ll have been transformed into a functional neighbourhood, capable of hosting all the athletes coming to town for the 2015 Pan Am Games. These two new sculptures, announced earlier today by Waterfront Toronto, should help a little bit with the beautification effort.

The image above is a rendering of Water Guardians, a sculpture by Canadian artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. It’s going to be installed just west of Front Street and Bayview Avenue. The blue, wavy patterns are supposed to evoke the lifegiving properties of the Don River and Toronto’s other waterways. (The Don River doesn’t have a reputation for being all that hospitable to life, but point taken.)

Below is a rendering of an untitled sculpture by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata, to be installed east of Front and Cherry Streets. It’s a mass of streetlights, done in the style of a bundle of Mikado sticks.

Both sculptures are supposed to be installed in time for the 2015 games. They’ll join a number of other art commissions previously announced by Waterfront Toronto.