Kid-friendly public artwork coming to Berczy in Fall 2017

10 Mar

Kids and art-lovers of all ages will be fascinated by one of the finishing touches planned  to appear in Fall 2017 in the recently re-opened Berczy Park – a new public artwork that will rise from the park’s west-end green space.

The City oversaw a community judging panel – a committee of local residents and art experts – who selected the work of highly regarded Toronto artist Luis Jacob to bring to life his kid-friendly art concept.

“Jacob’s Ladder” will encompass a rope lattice suspended between two giant scale bronze hands, forming a whimsical string game. It’s perfect for climbing, swinging, playing, or a backdrop for a casual badminton game or a great ‘selfie’ photo moment.

Art inspired by the timeless kids' string game!

Art inspired by the timeless kids’ string game!

Luis says the concept encompasses an image very familiar to children (the universal ‘string game’), with the hand sculptures designed to create human scale in our rapidly-developing neighbourhood. The string imagery also ties to Toronto art traditions in which rope and string art has been a popular theme over the years, notes Jacob.

Toronto artist Luis Jacob with Spirits of the Grotto mosaic.

Toronto artist Luis Jacobs with Spirits of the Grotto mosaic.

Born in Lima, Peru, Jacob is a multimedia artist based in nearby Parkdale. His recent works include ‘Spirits of the Grotto,’ a large-scale metal mosaic panel in the Dufferin & Queen St underpass.

The Berczy Park public artwork was selected as part of the City  arts procurement process, organized by the Cultural Services and the Parks, Forestry and Recreation departments, with the goal of creating a kid-friendly, playful centre piece for the green space in the redesigned Berczy Park.

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