There is a rise of public art in Toronto thanks to the building boom for new condos in the city. Most major new developments going up in Toronto get a new work of public art to enhance the building and neighbourhood. Everyone benefits from it. Builders may get excess density and in return, the city and public get to enjoy various forms of public art. Nearly 1% of the construction budget of any building over 10,000 square metres is mandated for public art contribution to the city.
Here are some of our favorites :
Rising, by Shanghai-based Zhang Huan at the Shangri-La on University Avenue and Adelaide
Canadian Michael Snow designs the 65-storey rod of light at Trump Toronto on Adelaide and Bay St.
Ballast by Canadian Jed Lind at Charlie Condos on King and Spadina
Mist Garden at the Four Seasons Toronto by Canadians Nak designs and Claude Cormier on Yorkville and Bay St.
Glass memory by Milan-based Sandro Martinis at Burano Condos on Bay and College St.