Map Detail, Toronto Downtown Core. Cartography by Kai Salmela.

Map Detail, Toronto Downtown Core. Cartography by Kai Salmela.

 

Mapping Toronto’s Public Art Landscape 1967–2015

On View at the Art Gallery of Ontario, January 21 - May 21, 2017

This map, created by The Artful City in collaboration with the Martin Prosperity Institute and presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, is the first comprehensive visual view of public art in Toronto. It reveals important patterns of production, ownership, and networks linking artists over time.

Over the last 50 years Toronto's public art landscape has grown dramatically, embracing new artists, mediums, policies and funding sources. However, this development has been concentrated in particular neighbourhoods and has prioritized certain forms of practice over others. This map shows who has access to the vast majority of the artwork and who does not. It also illustrates what type of work has received the most support.

We invite you to join us at the AGO to explore and help complete this evolving map. What does public art mean to you?  What can it look like in the future?

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Public Art Timeline, Installation View.

Public Art Timeline, Installation View.

Public Art Map, Installation View.

Public Art Map, Installation View.

Project Credits:

Project Founder and Lead: Ilana Altman, The Artful City

Project Lead: Jeff Biggar, The Artful City

Cartography: Kai Salmela

GIS and Data Support: Taylor Blake and Isabel Ritchie, Martin Prosperity Institute

Project Partners: The Artful City, Martin Prosperity Institute, York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance (AMPD), Ontario College of Art and Design University, Spacing Magazine, Art Gallery of Ontario