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June 17, 2003
Art and urban space unite in a new City park
Parks and Recreation - A park described as artwork for an urban space
was opened today with a small reception and tour attended by Councillor Kyle
Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), representatives of the development
company that donated the land for the park, the Public Art Commission, and the
park's artist, Barbara Steinman. The park is located at the Opera Place
condominium complex on Breadalbane Street between Bay and Yonge Streets.

The park at Opera Place is a sculptural space inspired by the relationship
between nature and urban design. Foliage in the half-acre park consists of a
variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, grass, ground cover and bulbs that ensure
the park is visually pleasing throughout the year. The leaf nodes and main
'stem' pathways in the park are of coloured concrete, granite and soft planting
with granite segments water jet cut like the cells of a leaf. The park also has
a water feature inset in one of the leaf nodes. Alternately misting and
spraying in a Morse code sequence it spells out 'it's time the stone consented
to bloom' - a line of poetry by Romanian born poet Paul Celan.

"This park is the result of a successful partnership between the public and
private sectors starting with the generous donation of the land from East of
Bay Corporation," said Councillor Rae. "The Toronto Urban Development Services
and Economic Development Culture and Tourism departments collaborated to
integrate a public park with public art. The results are an exceptional use of
space for our city," he adds.

The park at Opera Place was conceived and designed by Montreal artist Barbara
Steinman, recipient of the 2002 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media
Arts. The landscape architecture firm is Toronto-based Fleisher Ridout
Partnership Inc.

Media contact:
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Media Hotline



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