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Lanterra unveils art plan for Toronto Artists’ Alley project

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Lanterra unveils art plan for Toronto Artists’ Alley project

TORONTO — Lanterra Developments has announced British artist Ryan Gander will create his first permanent sculpture in Canada as part of a new public art project to be integrated into Lanterra’s Artists’ Alley residential development on Simcoe Street in Toronto.

The six-foot sculpture, named The Cat, the Clock and the Rock, will be built in Artists’ Alley grand public concourse, connecting St. Patrick Street to Simcoe Street between two residential towers, and further extending a pathway to the TTC St. Patrick subway station, stated a release. The sculpture will be fabricated locally in Toronto and completed in 2024.

In 2019, Lanterra hired Richan Art as a public art consultant to create a public art plan for city approval. The process included input from the site’s neighbours, OCAD University, the Grange Community Association and the ward councillor. A curated shortlist of artists was developed with Gander selected as the winner.

Major projects of Gander include Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art 2018, Liverpool; Sydney Biennale 2018, Sydney, Australia; Performa 15, New York; British Art Show 8, Leeds, U.K.; and Panorama, High Line, New York.

“Sculpture is perhaps the most recognizable form of art and adds a third dimension and spatial element to its message, and as we built out plans for the Artists’ Alley grand concourse, we knew we wanted to bring the city something very special,” said Mark Mandelbaum, chairman of Lanterra Developments, in a statement.

“As a celebrated artist around the world, Ryan Gander became the clear choice to partner with. He demonstrated unmatched creativity and passion for working with aspiring artists, while remaining sensitive to the neighbourhood’s history and context.”

Lanterra also launched a partnership with OCAD University to fund a mentorship bursary and support the development of a new minor degree program in public art. OCAD U invited upper-year students and recent alumni to compete for one of six places to be mentored by Gander.

Lanterra’s Artists’ Alley residential development on Simcoe Street in Toronto was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with interior design by Studio Munge. Three towers will rise to heights of 39, 35 and 18 storeys with May 2024 occupancy targeted.
LANTERRA — Lanterra’s Artists’ Alley residential development on Simcoe Street in Toronto was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with interior design by Studio Munge. Three towers will rise to heights of 39, 35 and 18 storeys with May 2024 occupancy targeted.

 

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