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June 1, 2005

Salmon Run in downtown Toronto
  
Salmon Run, a fountain, sculpture created by artist Susan Schelle was
officially recommissioned in a ceremony hosted by the City of Toronto.

Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin, Councillor Olivia Chow, Rita Davies (Executive
Director, Culture), Brenda Librecz (General Manager, Parks, Forestry and
Recreation) and Susan Schelle, artist all said a few words as part of the
ceremony. All attendees made a wish and threw pennies in the fountain.

The fountain was designed to convey a sense of drama with 3,000 to 4,000
gallons a minute pouring over the wall," said Schelle. "It was also designed to
create a natural oasis and a place of quiet contemplation in contrast to the
concrete of the urban setting."

The fountain depicts 60 salmon swimming upstream through a barrier of reeds and
eelgrass and represents salmon spawning in the Great Lakes. The fountain is a
combination of both black and "Atlantic" green granite as well as bronze.

The fountain was commissioned as part of the Percent for Public Art Private
Developer Program. This is the same program that gave birth to The Audience by
Michael Snow at the north end of the Rogers Centre, previously known as the
SkyDome.

After its official opening in the spring of 1991 the "Salmon Run" was an
important focal point of the City’s most visited attraction - the CN Tower.
With the waters once again running at the fountain, its splendor is returned.


Media contacts:

Rita Davies
Executive Director
Toronto Culture
416-397-5323

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Hotline
416-560-8726


 

 

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