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October 16, 2000
City of Toronto celebrates public art in the Jane-Finch area
Montreal artist Linda Covit has been selected as the winner of the Jane-Finch
Public Art Competition sponsored by the City of Toronto. The winning proposal
is a gathering place, a three-dimensional space sculpted to encourage
interaction between people. The second prize winner was Gilbert Boyer. The
winners were announced at an exhibition and reception at the Driftwood
Community Centre on October 12, 2000.

The City sought proposals from designers and artists to create a unique
outdoor, all-season, meeting place that will serve as a landmark for the
community. In August, five artist teams were chosen from among 19 expressions
of interest to develop their proposals in more detail. In October, a jury of
Toronto art and urban design professionals and community members chose the
winning design by Linda Covit.

The public art will be installed in the outdoor area next to the Driftwood
Community Centre. The Jane-Finch Public Art Steering Group, which consists of
representatives of various communities within the Jane-Finch area, chose this
site for the public art from among a number of City-owned sites. This
installation is intended to promote a positive sense of community by providing
a community focal point for social interaction, celebration and special events.

Wanda MacNevin of the Black Creek Community Health Centre and member of the
Jane-Finch Public Art Steering Group said, "It was a pleasure to work with the
City Planning Department to ensure residents had a voice in all aspects of this

The City wishes to extend a note of thanks to the jury members:
  • Carolyn Bell Farrell, Senior Curator of the Koffler Gallery/Koffler Centre of the Arts at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre in Toronto.

  • Elizabeth Buchanan, resident at the Edgeley Village Metro Housing, part-time community outreach worker at Doorsteps Falstaff Neighbourhood Services and full-time student.

  • Fitzroy Greene, resident in the Jane-Finch area, community newspaper journalist and photographer and executive member of the Jane-Finch Concerned Citizen Organization.

  • Michael Macaulay, Chair of the Toronto Public Art Commission.

  • Mark Sterling, partner in the firm Sterling Finlayson Architects and former acting Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the former City of Toronto.
Jury representative Michael Macaulay said, "The jury is
pleased with Linda Covit's proposal incorporating public and personal elements
in beautiful forms. All of the proposals made significant statements and the
final decision was made difficult by the quality of the submissions."

The City of Toronto has committed funds in the year 2000 to build a public art
project in the Jane-Finch area. Final design for the Public Art installation
will be developed over the winter months of 2000 and construction will occur in
the spring or summer of 2001.

City of Toronto, Director of Urban Design Robert Glover said, "Creating this
new landmark through public art reflects our desire to strengthen the
Jane-Finch area both as a social community and as a physical place in the

For further information please contact: Diana Birchall, City of Toronto, Urban
Development Services, City Planning, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge
Street, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 5V7, Tel: 416-395-7142, Fax: 416-395-7100,

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