Bronze casting connects Toronto's working-port heritage to nature and
TORONTO, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Rising up from the courtyard like the
skeletal bow of a Great Lakes freighter, the five-metre tall bronze
sculpture is described by its creator, artist Jed Lind, as a visual
metaphor for the transformation of the King Street corridor from
working class to creative class.
The sculpture, titled "Ballast," was selected by Great Gulf for
installation in the public courtyard of the company's new condominium
development, Charlie, at King Street West and Charlotte Street (one
block east of Spadina) in downtown Toronto. Mr. Lind's sculpture was
selected by a panel of highly respected art professionals in a
competition for the Charlie public space.
Ballast is a continuation of the theme of much of the work of
Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based Lind, whose art explores the
intersections of the natural and the manmade.
"I wanted to make a work that looks at the transformation of this King
Street corridor from a once productive commercial/industrial corridor
to the dynamic cultural hub it is today," said Lind. "In this
transformed neighbourhood, high-rise buildings like the Charlie condos
where Ballast stands are the homes of this new creative class."
Ballast was selected in a competition that was judged by: Barbara
Astman, one of Canada's most respected artists, a member of the Board
of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a professor in the
Faculty of Art at OCAD University; long-time Curator Asset Management
president, Kathryn Minard; and Kelvin Browne, vice president of
marketing and major exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum; Donald
Schmitt, one of the principals of Diamond Schmitt Architects. Geoffrey
Matthews and Dragana Maznic from Great Gulf were also on the panel.
"Great public art is one of the requirements of a great city," said Alan
Vihant, Senior Vice President of High Rise Development for Great Gulf,
"Our mission, with all our developments, is to enable people to live
greatly and to enhance every neighbourhood we are in. Mr. Lind's
Ballast is an excellent complement to an already vibrant
Public art has the ability to alter neighbourhoods by making them more
attractive and bringing people together. Great Gulf is dedicated to
serving as a catalyst in making art a valued and integral part of our
society, a reflection of its commitment to live greatly.
Created by Great Gulf and designed by Diamond Schmitt, the 36-story
Charlie condominiums are near the centre of the entertainment district,
minutes from the Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre and Harbourfront.
About Great Gulf
Since 1975, The Great Gulf Group of companies has grown from a regional
home builder into one of North America's premier real estate
organizations. With a host of new projects in Canada and several major
U.S. cities, the company's fully-integrated activities span the entire
real estate spectrum. The Great Gulf Group includes Great Gulf, Ashton
Woods Homes, First Gulf Corporation, Tucker HiRise Construction,
Brockport Home Systems Ltd. and Taboo Resort Golf and Spa.
Image with caption: "Ballast, the five-metre tall bronze sculpture by Canadian artist Jed Lind, is prominently displayed in the public courtyard at the base of Great Gulf's Charlie Condos (at King Street West and Charlotte in downtown Toronto). (CNW Group/Great Gulf)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130312_C4159_PHOTO_EN_24475.jpg
Image with caption: "Ballast, the five-metre tall bronze sculpture by Canadian artist Jed Lind, is prominently displayed in the public courtyard at the base of Great Gulf's Charlie Condos (at King Street West and Charlotte in downtown Toronto). (CNW Group/Great Gulf)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130312_C4159_PHOTO_EN_24476.jpg
SOURCE: Great Gulf
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