Public Art

image of public artPublic art is an integral feature of our new waterfront communities. Waterfront Toronto is creating landmarks that celebrate creativity as a vital part of urban life by installing art in public spaces where it can be enjoyed by all. Our goal is to create a contemporary collection of public art that reflects a neighbourhood's character and is accessible to everyone.

What sets Waterfront Toronto's art program apart is our approach. During the neighbourhood planning phase, we create a public art strategy and select prominent locations for the artwork. In the City of Toronto, developers are required to set aside 1% of gross construction costs for art, which is often placed in the lobbies of buildings, making it publicly inaccessible. Our approach is to pool all of the public art monies and strategically place art into high profile locations, providing the greatest opportunities for public engagement. This planning and funding model allows us to develop a curatorial vision for our art program and create a neighbourhood art collection that engages the public and defines a community. 

To date, Waterfront Toronto has:

Public Art Statistics

images showing completed public art installations

While the strength of our program attracts high caliber artists from across the country and around the world, all of our commissions to date have been fabricated here in Ontario. Furthermore, we require our artworks to be durable in the harsh outdoor urban climate with materials like steel and bronze that will last a minimum of 25 years with minimal maintenance.

For more details, please see the public art section of our website here.