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Ruche by Carl Taçon and Lyn Carter

Public Art Commission at 70 Temperance Street, Toronto
Art Consultant: Brad Golden + Co

Ruche by Carl Taçon and Lyn Carter is a public art commission created for the recently completed INDX condominium tower located at 70 Temperance Street in downtown Toronto. Ruche is composed of a 277 foot long carved limestone frieze that wraps around 3 sides of the building as well as 19 cast bronze lighting sconces at street level.

The design was developed to address the length and linear nature of the frieze site with references to the carved and cast images found in the decorative details of the buildings close by. The core feature of the design is a carved ribbon element that runs unbroken along the full length of the public art site. The ribbon clusters and relaxes as it flows along its 277 foot path mimicking handwritten script. Rather than reading as a specific language, the “writing” implies shapes and forms of multiple languages. Words and ribbon imagery are commonly used in carved friezes, as they are in the adjoining Graphic Arts Building. The ribbon imagery is continued in the bronze sconces, which are illuminated both upward and downward to fully capture the potential of the folds and to dramatically shape the light pathways that project from each sconce.


About the Artists:

Carl Taçon has exhibited in Canada and the United States and his work is owned by numerous private and public collections. Since 2006 Taçon has completed a number of public art commissions that include: Sky Map, Field Study and Landmarks, three separate but conceptually linked interior commissions (in collaboration with artist Jeannie Thib) for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab hospital in Toronto; Passage, a carved marble entrance sculpture for Synagogue Darchei Noam in Toronto; Shift, an international public art competition to design, fabricate and install a 136' exterior sculptural wall for a Toronto condominium building, designed by architect Robert Stern; and Counterpoise, an interior stone wall relief sculpture that is 12' high and 22' wide for the Edmonton Police Service Southwest Division, Edmonton, Alberta, as part of an international competition. Taçon is currently completing a public art commission for PAMA, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, to be launched in 2018

Lyn Carter works primarily in sculpture as well as drawing and has exhibited across Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, Britain, Spain, Mexico and China. Her work is represented in a number of permanent collections, among them the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, U.S.A., Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario, the AstraZeneca Collection in Mississauga, Ontario and the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2018 her solo exhibition, Lyn Carter 11th Line curated by Sarah Quinton, Senior Curator at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, will travel to the Musée d’art de Joliette in Quebec. Carter teaches sculpture in the Art & Art History Program, a joint program between Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga in Oakville, Ontario.

Contact information:

Carl Taçon

Lyn Carter

All photographs above by Peter Legris