|Jaume Plensa, Shadows II|
stainless steel and granite, 2007
What is Plensa saying about text and the human form? That we become fully human through the use of language? That we shield ourselves with words?
|Joe Fafard, Claudia|
One of the best things about sculpture gardens is that you're free to interact with (and yes, touch) the art. Fafard is a well-known Canadian sculptor who specializes in animals. When commissioned to fill a space in downtown Toronto, he produced seven monumental cows like this, titled The Pasture, known impudently as "The Group of Seven."
Of course every sculpture garden must have its Jim Dine:
|Jim Dine, Three Hearts on a Rock|
and its Henry Moore:
|Henry Moore, Large Totem Head|
The Chihuly glass piece has pride of place on the steps of the Museum's original building. It was acquired through a large fundraising campaign. Fears of vandalism have proven unfounded, though the piece is disassembled every fall for winter storage. Plans are underway to construct a protective vitrine that will allow for year-round display.
|Dale Chihuly, The Sun|
blown glass and steel, 2002
Montrealer David Altmejd is a favourite son, whose solo show at the Musée d'Art Contemporain last summer broke all attendance records.
|David Altmejd, The Eye|
When the tour ended, we walked west along Sherbrooke Street and came upon a lovely urban oasis, beside the Church of St Andrew and St. Paul. I have walked by this church hundreds of times, but I've never noticed its verdant hideaway.