Flower Power - Toronto, ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ras258
N 43° 38.468 W 079° 23.697
17T E 629457 N 4833267
This restored red sculpture has been relocated here from its former home in High Park.
Waymark Code: WMCRW0
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 10/08/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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This is a very big sculpture consisting of multiple bright red steel beams. The sculpture balances on three of these beams and it supports more beams that have been connected to look like the frame of a kite. There is an open and light feel to this sculpture because of the size and the spaces between the beams but also because of the bright red colour and the location. Flower Power stands in its own garden beside the towering condos in this area of Toronto. On the south side of the sculpture you have the condos and on the north side you have the railway tracks and a lot of open space. To the east and west of the sculpture you have a wide walkway which allows easy viewing from the distance.

When I first saw this sculpture I immediately thought of a similar red, steel beam sculpture I had seen in New York City. After a bit of research I found out that this artist made that sculpture as well, it is called Joie de Vivre.

Originally this sculpture was placed in High Park but after being restored, by the artist, it was reinstalled at this new location in Concord Place.

"The large scale steel sculpture Flower Power, created by internationally known artist Mark di Suvero in 1967, has returned to Toronto after being restored by the artist. The sculpture was installed over two days at 175 Dan Leckie Way (Concord City Place), on a parcel of land donated to the City by Concord Adex.

Part of the City of Toronto's Public Art collection, Flower Power, along with a similar sculpture, No Shoes, was commissioned for the International Sculpture Symposium in Toronto in 1967. These works were the first large scale works completed by the artist and had been installed in High Park for more than 40 years. In 2008, the works were removed by City of Toronto Cultural Services and sent to the United States to be restored by the artist. The Flower Power sculptural work is estimated to be worth more than $2 million.

Mark di Suvero is an American sculptor whose work has appeared in museums, exhibitions and outdoor public settings around the world. His mostly large-scale sculptures, fashioned from industrial materials and found objects, blend the dynamic movement of kinetic art with Abstract Expressionism. His commitment to helping other artists includes his co-founding of the cooperative Park Place Gallery in New York, and the Athena Foundation, an organization to help individual artists realize their visions. He also founded the outdoor museum and artist residency program Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. He has received the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center and, in 2005, the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities for his commitment to aspiring artists.

In 1967, di Suvero was a rising star in the international art scene. He was part of a group of artists invited to participate in the Toronto International Sculpture Symposium - an event held to celebrate Canada's centennial. He created two sculptures in High Park: No Shoes, situated by the woods at the bottom of a hill; and the towering Flower Power, which rested at the top of the same hill. Their titles reflected the ideals of the time: "It was a moment when in 1967, I was then, as I am now, very dedicated to an idea that the world can exist in peace," said the artist.

Flower Power and No Shoes represent the first time that di Suvero worked on a massive scale and with steel I-beams, which have remained central to his work ever since. The art works didn't fare well over time - they were allowed to rust and were eventually cut apart. No Shoes lost its free-swinging logs: the top section of Flower Power was cut down due to safety concerns. Both of their original colours, bright orange and bright red, faded.

Di Suvero is happy to restore both works and return them to the City of Toronto. The No Shoes sculptural work will be installed at a later date at a prominent downtown location."*

*taken from City of Toronto: (visit link)
Title: Flower Power

Artist: Mark di Suvero

Media (materials) used: Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Along the pedestrian walkway, at the end of Telegram Mews, west of Spadina Avenue.

Date of creation or placement: 1967

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