BEST BRIDGE TO CON­TEM­PLATE THE PAS­SAGE OF TIME QUEEN CROSS­ING THE DON

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The city’s bridges span our links to the past. The ma­jes­tic Prince Ed­ward marks the be­gin­ning of Toronto’s am­bi­tions, its growth across the Don. The dou­ble-arched Hum­ber River forms a gate­way along an abo­rig­i­nal trad­ing route that used to link Lake On­tario to the north. But only on the Queen overpass, which fea­tures artist El­don Gar­net’s in­stal­la­tion Time: And A Clock, can one connect with the im­per­cep­ti­ble move­ment and rhythm of time. We’re coaxed first by the words in big let­ters flow­ing like a wave of wa­ter over a clock atop the steel gird­ers:“This river I step in, is not the river I stand in.” Then by med­i­ta­tions on time sunk into the con­crete at Broad­view (“Dis­tance = Ve­loc­ity x Time,”“Too soon Free from Time.”) And fi­nally by the steel ban­ners at Em­pire that stand frozen but flap­ping – “Cours­ing, Dis­ap­pear­ing, Trem­bling, Re­turn­ing” – even when there is no breeze. And the Don rushes on.

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