Public art on Bathurst sparks debate
A new art installation has turned the little traffic island at Vaughan Road and Bathurst Street from a forgettable strip of real estate into a colourful point of interest. Three
Points Where Two Lines Meet is the work of national design contest winners Daniel Young and Christian Giroux.
The selection of this installation was in the hands of a highly qualified panel. In 2013, City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture convened a jury of five Toronto artists and designers to review the contending proposals. In 2013 and 2014, open houses provided the public with opportunities for feedback. The TTC, Transportation Services, and Toronto Hydro evaluated the design for safety and clear sightlines.
The artists’ bold vision for the streetscape expands our physical and psychological interpretations of public space with thick beams that seem to float just overhead. It also nods to historical and contemporary transit routes converging in this region. Vaughan Road has its origins along Toronto’s often forgotten water routes: the Humber River, Garrison and Taddlewood creeks and the western Don.
My office has received letters of commendation for its creativity, while others have been more critical. All perspectives are valid, and bespeak the nature of public art.
On a safety note, with the new condo at Bathurst and St. Clair Avenue West, I have asked city staff to re-evaluate pedestrian safety infrastructure in the area. As our community grows up and out, our public realm must be functional and safe, but it can also be beautiful and inspiring.
Councillor Joe Mihevc (right) with the artists at the project’s unveiling