Toronto Public Art

Toronto Light Fest | Distillery District

This is the second year that the Toronto Light Fest has lit up the Distillery District and it is spectacular. From a piano that plays light to a fire-breathing dragon to a pyramid made of thousands of gummy bears, this is a stunning display of light, art and creativity in one of my favourite parts of the city. And there is no charge- it's completely free. The Toronto Light Fest is on until March 4th, sundown to 9pm Sunday to Wednesday and sundown to 10pm Thursday to Saturday. Make sure you look for the bat signal. Rosie :)


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LOVE in the Distillery District

An art installation of love locks, inspired by Jane Austen. "My heart is, and always will be, yours." Rosie :)

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Images From The City: You Saw Me When I Wasn't Looking

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Send your image from the city to or tweet it to @rosieintoronto. Rosie :)


Balance Sculpture in Liberty Village

The only thing better than public art is public art that incorporates lots and lots of splashing water. We came across this lovely sculpture in Liberty Village and my little man thought it was pretty cool.


It's called "Balance" and pays tribute to the area's industrial history:


It's right across the street from the Starbucks on Hanna Avenue. Rosie :)


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The Old Swimming Hole

The murals in the Vilage of Islington are amazing. I love The Old Swimming Hole, which is located right by my favourite lunch spot Chodang Soon.

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All the murals in this area are really something special, and you should check them out. Two new ones are being unveiled tomorrow: 'Faces of Islington' and 'Everyone. Everywhere' which is a mural based on Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the ribbon cutting, there is a reception at Arts Etobicoke, located at 4909 Dundas West. Click here for details. Rosie :)

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Boris Achour's The rose is without why

The other work of art I loved from Nuit Blanche 2013 is right across from Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles. French artist Boris Achour's The rose is without why makes Nathan Phillips Square glow with light. The work consists of a short poem by 17th-century poet Angelus Silesius written with fluorescent lights. It spans more than 300 feet.


"The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms, it cares not for itself, asks not if it is seen." You can still see it for yourself until October 27th at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West at Bay. Rosie :)



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Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles

There aren't many chances in life to see and touch a sculpture created by a living legend. That is why all I wanted for my birthday was to see Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles. It was unveiled for Nuit Blanche and is still on display in Nathan Phillips Square (Après Nuit!). It is absolutely beautiful. One of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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This is a new edition of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's three-dimensional structure of 3,144 interconnected bicycles. The way they are lit is stunning to look at both from a distance and up close. There was something magical about the way we came up from the parking garage into the huge space of the square, and they illuminated the night.


Forever Bicycles Nuit Blanche

You can visit these beautiful bicycles any time until October 27th at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West at Bay Street. But... I recommend going after the sun sets. Rosie :)

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Toronto Sculpture Garden: Gold, Silver & Lead

Right now, there is a stack of Honda Civics piled up in the Toronto Sculpture Garden. Gold, Silver & Lead, the free park's current exhibit, is very cool.

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I love this little garden for the free art exhibits, and my little man loves it for the absolutely fantastic waterfall fountain. It's really unique and peaceful to take in.

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The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located at 115 King Street East right across the street from St. James Cathedral. This is a perfect spot to admire the architecture of this stunning church, which has the tallest tower and spire in Canada.

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My only knock against the park is that the city locks it up at 6:30p.m., which I think is really early for the summertime. I felt bad for the city employee who had to kick us out; it is not a good day at the office when you have to tear a happy little toddler away from a water fountain in a public park in broad daylight. But it's a lovely green space downtown with free art so I can't complain too much. Rosie :)

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Public Art at the Humber Bridge

I love art in public spaces and wish we had more street art in Toronto. When we went to Chicago last summer we spent our days walking from one sculpture to another, and we couldn't get enough. That's why I love that Toronto's Interactive Arts Collective installed this beautiful sculpture on the Humber Arch Bridge.

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These "dancing creatures" caught my eye last week while driving on the Lakeshore and when we took one of our walks by the water I couldn't wait to see them up close. This installation is filled with 1,200 LED lights, making the creatures just glow with colour. I absolutely love it. You have until the end of September to see this luminous work of art at the Humber Bridge and you should. It is stunning, and costs nothing to experience. Rosie :)

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