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September 1, 2011
Toronto Sculpture Garden 30th anniversary installation by Jed Lind
  
For the 30th anniversary of the Toronto Sculpture Garden (TSG), Canadian artist Jed Lind will mark the site with a monumental public art work, "Gold, Silver & Lead." The work is a layered stack of modified and abstracted car bodies, in painted steel, which rises six metres above the viewer. The exhibition will remain on view for one year. The opening reception is on September 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Gold, Silver & Lead" challenges assumptions of mobility by making the automobile static and something to be considered rather than experienced. The work also references 1979 - a time when a second worldwide oil crisis caused automakers and the public to further revise the car into a smaller and more fuel efficient form. This state of fluidity, from material to immaterial, is evident in the car form selected for the installation.

This fluidity is also strikingly evident in the remodelling of urban space that occurred when the Toronto Sculpture Garden converted an old parking lot into a critical space, a thinking garden. These parallel histories of transformation intersect neatly in 1979, the year that planning began for the Toronto Sculpture Garden.

Lind, 33, is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and who has exhibited widely in North America and abroad. He has shown at such notable venues as The Power Plant in Toronto and at California galleries like the Wignall Museum, Laguna Art Museum and Steve Turner Contemporary. More information about the artist is available at http://jedlind.com.

The Toronto Sculpture Garden, operated by the City of Toronto, has featured more than 80 artists in over 60 exhibitions since it opened in 1981. The garden was developed through the sponsorship of the Louis L. Odette Family, the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture. Exhibitions are funded by the non-profit L.L.O. Sculpture Garden foundation and administered by the garden’s director, Rina Greer, working with a volunteer art advisory board.

The Toronto Sculpture Garden is a park located at 115 King St. E. and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. More information is available at http://www.torontosculpturegarden.com.

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Rina Greer
Director, Toronto Sculpture Garden
416-515-9658
rcg@sympatico.ca

Shane Gerard
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-397-5711
sgerard@toronto.ca

 

 

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