By Valerie Fairclough, ROMwalks volunteer
Like the TV show of a similar title, a walk around city streets can be both exciting, stimulating and entertaining. You never know what you might find nestling there, waiting to be noticed and appreciated! There are over 600 works of so-called “public art” in the city of Toronto. This label tends to understate the fact that each work has been created by an important artist and carefully selected in terms of its site, meaning and significance to the development of our city. Each helps to preserve a concept, principle or memory that makes Toronto and its citizens who we are. Some give a nod to our history, while others challenge us with a variety of interpretations. Some are whimsical and deal with very familiar themes, while others are more serious and thought provoking. Some you will love, others you will not, but all will create a reaction in you.
The ROMwalk, “Hidden Treasures 2”, takes place for the last time this year on Wednesday, August 8, meeting at an easy, central location at 6 p.m. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the sculptures and installations on the route, as well as their creators. We will encourage you to discuss the ideas they convey to you personally. The route includes the most recent work by a major contemporary Chinese artist, Zhang Huan, as well as works by familiar and beloved Toronto artists such as Andrew Posa and Sorel Etrog. All of the works are contemporary. We hope you will be able to join us. Pre-registration is required, and details are to be found on the ROM website.