Ilan Sandler's The Vessel begins flowing into City of Toronto Taddle Creek Park, summer 2011
Toronto Cultural Services' Public Art Office is pleased to announce the opening of the first permanent public art commission for the City of Toronto by Nova Scotia based artist, Ilan Sandler.
Sandler's 18-foot high sculpture of an over-flowing pitcher is made from 4 kilometers of stainless steel rod. The rod measures the length of the historic Taddle Creek from the artwork site through downtown Toronto to Lake Ontario. The Vessel illustrates a memory of the buried creek by referencing its length through the water-carrying pipe and bent steel rods which form the sculpture. It is a functioning fountain, relating the creek's historical significance as a life-sustaining water source to the pleasure of the local community. Water from The Vessel is stored in an underground cistern and used to irrigate the park.
Taddle Creek Park is a community park in the Annex that has been named in honour of the now buried stream that at one time ran through the core of the city. Taddle Creek was once teeming with fish and vegetation and used by first nations for food and transport prior to European settlement. Over time, as the city grew and new means of transportation were adopted, the stream became polluted, dammed and ultimately buried.
Ilan Sandler is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with industrial materials and digital media to create public art and media installations. Sandler's recent public projects, include A Departure (Lethbridge, Alberta), The Book (Toronto, Ontario), and A Left Ear to the Sky (2008 Busan International Biennale, South Korea).
Sandler has shown his sculptures, installations, and videos internationally and across Canada and has completed public art commissions in Toronto, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Busan, South Korea. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Culture. His permanent public sculpture: A Departure was installed in Lethbridge in October 2009. He is currently installing What's Your Name? for North Toronto Collegiate Institute and producing public commissions for Parks Canada and the Cities of Calgary and Halifax. For more information on his upcoming projects please visit sandlerstudio.com.
The Vessel was commissioned as part of an overall refurbishment of Taddle Creek Park, which is located at the southwest corner of Bedford Road and Lowther Avenue, Ward 20. The project was funded through development money from nearby One Bedford at the intersection of Bedford Ave and Bloor Street West. The nearest main intersection is St. George Street and Bloor Street West.
This City of Toronto public art commission was the result of an open competition process in 2007. An independent panel, expert in contemporary public art and local community issues was convened, and selected Ilan Sandler's concept from a slate of very high calibre artist proposals for the site.
The commission was administered by Andrew Davies Design with the City of Toronto Cultural Services' Public Art Office in partnership with Parks, Forestry and Recreation. For more information about public art in the City of Toronto, visit toronto.ca/publicart.
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