Third Garden unveiling evokes history and art cultivation in west end of City|
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Culture - Councillor Irene Jones (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) today officially
unveiled the Third Garden, a public art project on the Lakeshore Grounds.
Councillor Jones said, "The innovative Third Garden project creates a wonderful
new cultural destination in the lakeshore," and thanked the artists, City staff
and community volunteers who made it possible.
The art work, designed by artists Millie Chen and Warren Quigley, is a
site-specific installation consisting of five cast iron seating forms, eight
concrete pavers inlaid with cast bronze text, and landscaping. The vision the
artists had when conceptualizing this project was that ultimately gardens are
part of the community and the experience of people of who live around them. The
couch forms are playful improvisations on a cliché associated with psychiatric
care. The text in the pavers is based on oral and recorded histories of the
former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital facilities on the Lakeshore Grounds, a
prominent landmark setting in Etobicoke for more than 100 years.
This art work creates a sense of arrival to the Lakeshore Grounds and leads one
to the entrance of the Assembly Hall. It helps establish this area as a centre
of cultural life in the west end of Toronto.
Rita Davies, Managing Director of Culture - City of Toronto, commented, "Third
Garden is the embodiment of what the arts do best: engagement with the
community, sharing, healing, telling stories, celebrating our lives. Through
its sculptural and landscape elements, Third Garden commemorates our past and
celebrates our future by evoking the history of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital
and the enduring role of healing through community and through creativity."