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May 11, 2009
Public art competition open house at Gallery 1313
The City of Toronto will host an open house to exhibit submissions for the second phase of a public art competition for the Dufferin Street railway underpass at Queen Street West.

Councillors Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park) and Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 Davenport) will join City staff and the public to view the proposals by four short-listed artists: Vera Frenkel (Toronto), Isabelle Hayeur (Montreal), Luis Jacob (Toronto) and Ken Lum (Vancouver). The winning public art concept proposed for the Dufferin underpass will be selected by a jury on May 22.

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 5 to 8 p.m. (open house)
Location: Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W. (west of Dufferin Street)

City of Toronto Cultural Services and Transportation Services are commissioning this outdoor public art. The conceptual proposals are to address, from both historical and contemporary perspectives, the unique social and cultural characteristics of Parkdale and West Queen West - two vibrant neighbourhoods with a rich and colourful shared history. The artists were also asked to take into account the nature of the railway underpass as an industrial structure that functions as a public space experienced at different speeds by pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transit passengers.

The public as well as the media are invited to this event. People who attend will be encouraged to leave comments about the exhibited submissions for the underpass art project.

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: Clara Hargittay, Public Art Officer, Toronto Cultural Services, 416-392-4173,



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