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March 9, 2006
Media Advisory - Thunderbird Transformation takes flight at Canada Blooms
The Tumivut Earth Keepers, a career development and horticultural trade apprenticeship program for disadvantaged youth, joined with Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation to plant the Thunderbird Transformation topiary in Toronto’s Urban Mosaic Garden at Canada Blooms. The plant sculpture completes Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s multifaceted vision for the display garden and will be relocated to Allan Gardens after Canada Blooms.

The Earth Keepers program is an initiative of the Tumivut Youth Hostel that is supported by Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR). PFR is providing quality work experience, training, greenhouse and park space for gardening. Supporting the Earth Keepers program and other youth initiatives is a natural outcome of Our Common Grounds, the 15-year strategic plan that sets the direction for Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

The sculpture, initially created in clay by artist Philip Cote, was re-created as an iron rod framework that contains the growing medium sphagnum moss. Cote was inspired by Norval Morrisseau’s 1977 six-panel painting, which portrays a man changing into a thunderbird. Cote interpreted Morrisseau’s masterpiece as man’s yearning to duplicate the beauty of the thunderbird’s ability to create and make things grow.

Members of the Tumivut Earth Keepers, Philip Cote and Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will be available for a photograph at Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Urban Mosaic Garden.

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Place: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Urban Mosaic Garden
Garden Number 16, Canada Blooms
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 255 Front St. W.

Media contact:

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Media Hotline



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