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June 11, 2013
Public invited to provide input for Toronto's Walks and Gardens art competition
The City of Toronto invites public input into the designs of five international artists shortlisted in a public art competition. The artists are competing for the opportunity to create and showcase a 21-metre, permanent art installation at Union Station in commemoration of the Walks and Gardens Trust.

The designs, which range from interactive digital pieces to a multicoloured mural, are on display this week from June 11 to 14 at the station - Canada's busiest and most important transit hub. A portion of the building sits on the original Walks and Gardens Trust lands. The winning artwork will be installed on the north wall of the new pedestrian walkway under the Front Street pedestrian bridge.

"The Walks and Gardens Trust demonstrates early efforts for city building and the importance that has always been given to the public realm in Toronto," said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "The permanent art installation will commemorate the city's historic shoreline, the development of our waterfront, and early initiatives to create beautiful public spaces. This celebration of our heritage will be an attraction and inspiration for Torontonians, commuters and tourists."

The public can provide input online at or fill out a comment card in Union Station's Great Hall. A selection panel will choose the winner on June 17, followed by an official announcement.

More information about the public art competition and the Walks and Gardens Trust is available at

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