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January 9, 2007
Toronto’s WinterCity Festival to host installation of frozen paintings by British Columbia artist Gordon Halloran
For Toronto’s upcoming WinterCity Festival, presented by American Express, artist Gordon Halloran of British Columbia will create an ice installation of his unique works to be displayed in the American Express Ice Gallery on Nathan Phillips Square. To complement the works, he has also been commissioned to design and create an ice painting directly on the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink surface, allowing skaters to glide across his design. WinterCity runs from January 26 to February 8.

For the Ice Gallery, Halloran will create three dimensional ice pieces with embedded layers of colour, entitled Paintings Below Zero, that are subject to the elements and will evaporate, melt and freeze naturally in a continuous transformation of their original form. A specially designed system of aluminum freezer plates allows the artist to create, regardless of the weather. The work will range in size and form, and will be displayed vertically and horizontally. The Ice Gallery will surround the viewer with the ice works, allowing close contact with the abstract ice paintings, providing a window into the depth and natural beauty of this complex and unique art form.

Halloran is inspired by images from his childhood of Canada’s winter landscape of ice and cold, and was the only Canadian artist invited to create work for the Cultural Olympiad of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

To accommodate the creation of Paintings Below Zero, the rink at Nathan Phillips Square will be closed for public skating on Wednesday, January 24. The rink is expected to re-open on Thursday, January 25.

The award-winning WinterCity festival offers a 14-day, city-wide celebration of Toronto’s diversity of spirit, including delicious culinary experiences, free entertainment and a showcase of the city’s vibrant arts scene. For two weeks, the festival shines a spotlight on Toronto’s creative and talented performers, diverse hospitality industry, and world-class attractions.

For more information about WinterCity and other signature events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contact: Grant Ramsay, Toronto Special Events, 416-395-7318



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