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