November 14, 2018, Toronto, ON - The Legacy Art Project (LAPT) proudly announces a short list of five outstanding teams of artists and landscape architects, bringing Toronto one step closer to having a new permanent public art and landscape installation inspired by Terry Fox on Toronto’s Waterfront. This impressive list of Canadian artists has been chosen to create an art expression, including a beautiful public gathering place, that will reflect the values of innovation, perseverance, courage, community engagement and hope which Terry Fox exemplified.
The five finalist teams were selected by the Legacy Art Project Jury from a long list of 40 “Expressions of Interest” submissions, led by seasoned Art Consultant and art expert Rebecca Carbin, Principal of Art + Public Unltd.
“The Jury was thrilled by the calibre of response to this call,” says Rebecca Carbin, the Legacy Art Project’s Art Consultant. “It was very clear that the vision and ambition for the project, to create a site that will inspire people to look to Terry Fox’s legacy and think bigger than themselves, captured artists’ attention and imagination.”
The LAPT Jury is comprised of leading figures in related disciplines of art and design:
Kitty Scott, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario;
Michael McClelland, Principal, ERA Architects Inc.;
Minaz Asani-Kanji, Manager of Outreach, Park People;
Judy Jarvis, Co-Chair, Partners in Art;
Terry Nicholson, former Director of Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto;
Gaetane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art; and
Brenda Webster, Senior Associate, Urban Design, Urban Places Stantec.
The five final creations will be revealed to the public in January 2019. The Jury will then determine the winning artist-led design that will find its home on the picturesque waterfront site located between the Music Garden and the Spadina wetlands.
“Toronto was the turning point in Terry’s cross-Canada journey and the people of Toronto opened their hearts in the most moving ways, showing unprecedented support and commitment to his dream,” says Leslie Scrivener, Terry’s biographer. “Terry’s parents, Betty and Rolly, had always hoped that Toronto would recognize his outstanding contribution and legacy in a permanent way and that is what the Legacy Art Project is all about.”
The short-listed artist-led teams are:
Vancouver born artist Kenneth Lum with Space2Place.
Toronto based artist Jon Sasaki with DTAH
Toronto based Luis Jacob and Adrian Blackwell with Jane Hutton Landscape Architect
Berlin based, Canadian artist Maxwell Stephens with North Design Office
Vancouver based artist Myfanwy MacLeod with Hapa Collaborative
More about The Legacy Art Project
The Legacy Art Project, working with the City of Toronto, will build a permanent public art and landscape installation inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy. The art and landscape design that will be revealed in a juried public art competition will create a setting to inspire visitors, ignite passion, spark action and create impact. Legacy Art Project Toronto and its working group include diverse members of Toronto’s community from business and civic leaders to philanthropists, planners, architects and dedicated volunteers.
To be part of Terry Fox’s Legacy you can help us by making a donation, following us or joining us to learn more at www.terryfoxlegacyproject.com. For more information or to arrange an interview with an artist, Rebecca Carbin or leads of the Legacy Art Project, please contact:
Shari Cogan, CoganPR, firstname.lastname@example.org