Jane’s Walk – Sculpture and the City


On a chilly and windy Saturday, Noel led the Jane’s Walk ‘Sculpture and the City’. The walk toured a variety of public art installations in the downtown core, challenging people to think about how these works contribute to our sense of community and place.

Newcomers to Toronto, visitors and urban natives often explore our city and interact with sculpture in the downtown core.  But how did the sculpture get there? Who paid for it? Who decided for cows to be in the middle of the TD Centre?

The 1.5 hour tour discussed public art pieces by Joe Fafard, Anish Kapoor, Henry Moore, James Turrell, Evan Penny and Bernie Miller.  The removal of Al McWilliam’s piece was also discussed.

The Jane’s Walk was a great opportunity to learn a little about these artists, discuss how their site-specific creations came to manifest themselves in the urban core of Toronto, and explore how these pieces weave themselves (or are woven … depending on the piece) into the fabric of our city.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, locally led walking tours inspired by the late Jane Jacobs.  Jane Jacobs was a writer and activist.  Her passion continues to influence the urban environment of cities, most notably in New York City and here in Toronto.

A big thank you to everyone for coming out and sharing their thoughts on sculpture … and for doing their best to enjoy the windy, rainy May weather!