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April 22, 2009
New sculpture installation unveiled at Toronto Sculpture Garden
The Toronto Sculpture Garden has commissioned a new sculpture installation, Disco Fallout Shelter, by the Canadian artist collective Instant Coffee. The installation opens May 6 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception, and continues through September 15.

The installation consists of a mirror tiled bunker entrance, a yellow brick pathway leading from the Toronto Sculpture Garden walkway to the bunker mound and a small viewing kiosk. The kiosk contains a video feed of activities emanating from the closed bunker. An air vent emits a low bass hum from within the bunker. This “bunker life” is a staged video - the doors lead nowhere and the air vent is part of the sculpture. Although the Disco Fallout Shelter depicts a “wish you were here” atmosphere, fallout shelters are places limited to a small group of people - in this case, open only to members of Instant Coffee.

Instant Coffee is an internationally recognized artist collective that has exhibited recently in several countries. Texts about its work have been published in Canadian Art, Toronto; The New York Times; Journal for Northeast Issues, Hamburg; The Seattle Stranger and C Magazine, Toronto.

The Toronto Sculpture Garden, operated by the City of Toronto, has featured more than 80 artists in 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 Louis L. Odette 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., open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rina Greer, Director, Toronto Sculpture Garden, 416-515-9658,



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