Kryptos sculptures park opens in Toronto
The city of Toronto has announced it will open its first sculpture park in the United States in the coming years, the first in Canada.
The sculpture park will be located at the former Kronos sculpture park on the city’s waterfront.
Toronto has had a longstanding relationship with Kronos, but it was in the early 1970s that the company went under.
The Kronos sculptures have been at the center of a number of major art and public art projects in the city.
In 2009, the city awarded Kronos a $25-million grant to design a sculpture park at the site.
A series of sculptures by Canadian sculptor Eric Tarnopolsky was the subject of the city-funded Kronos project, which includes a public plaza, a restaurant, an art gallery and a community space.
The city announced plans to start work on the new Kronos plaza on July 25.
The new Krono sculpture park is expected to be ready in 2018.
“Kronos was always a Canadian company that we would have been very proud to see succeed in Canada,” said Mark Wainwright, the mayor of Toronto.
“We look forward to welcoming them to our city and to providing them with the opportunity to develop and showcase their work in a meaningful and innovative way.”
The Kronros sculpture park opened in 2016, and will feature work by Tarnopolos, Michael Beaudry, Daniela Leche, and others.
The park will feature a public gallery, cafe, and outdoor seating area, which will be used to showcase Kronos works and exhibitions.
“I am very proud that Kronos has chosen Toronto as their new home,” Mayor Rob Ford said in a statement.
“It is an exciting time for the city of Ontario and I look forward very much to seeing our citizens and visitors embrace this new development.”
The new sculpture park comes as Canada’s sculpture industry continues to experience a rapid decline, with more than 20,000 people losing their jobs and the number of public sculpture programs slashed in recent years.
The Canadian Association of Artistic Statues has called for the creation of a new, national sculpture program, arguing that a lack of public funding is one of the main reasons for the decline.
“There’s a need for a national sculpture development program that will support the art market, and not just to support one specific industry,” said Scott McKeown, executive director of the association.
“The Canadian Art Institute and the National Gallery of Canada are both currently developing national art programs that focus on specific sectors of the art industry.
It’s an urgent need, but we don’t have a lot of money to go around.”