High Park devoid of new artwork while one of it’s historical legacy works is now resident in Corktown Commons.

Shoes by Mark di Suvero is now sat in river side of the park, where once it was created and sat in High Park.  High Park needs another really positional art program. This is often spoken about by many artists and groups. However the feeding though of the section 37 device were developers contribute to public art in a ratio to the size of their development, severely limits what many artists can do, or act with. (1)
Mark di Suvero  is one the greatest abstract expressionist sculptors. His work in High Park, which is not different from his other works of the same period, came to define public art in Toronto Parks. 

When Shoes and Flower Power were removed from High Park the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area reported it on their site with this opening paragraph.

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection. Full article here

(1) Full disclosure, the author of this blog has received funding and renuneration from Goverment and development art funding projects. 


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