Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone unveiled the work alongside Rita Davies, Executive Director of Toronto Cultural Services. "This place is so historic," said the Councillor, "because without Fort York there might be no Canada. As we lead up to the commemoration of the bicentennial of the war of 1812, we have a number of projects planned in addition to this wonderful work of art. We're also working towards building a Fort York Visitor's Centre and a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span the rail corridor and link the Fort grounds with the neighbourhood to the north. Our vision is to reconnect Fort York to its central place in Toronto's history and Toronto's present day reality."
In her introduction of the artists, Rita Davies observed that "the jury panel unanimously selected Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak to transform the underside of the Gardiner Expressway into a unique exhibition space that can be enjoyed by all, that is open all day and all night, all year round. Watertable creatively uses the architecture of the Gardiner to echo and visually convey the natural conditions of the site when it marked the water's edge in the early days of the city's history. This installation is a vibrant addition to the city's public art collection."
Artist Lisa Steele remarked, "We're delighted to have an artwork of ours situated in this vibrant and growing neighbourhood that's being built just outside the entrance to historic Fort York. We think of Watertable as an artwork that will help to humanize the environment for residents and visitors alike."
For more information visit www.watertable.info and visit the City's public art webpage.
PLEASE NOTE: Watertable has been taken down to accommodate repair work on the Gardiner Expressway. The artwork is expected to be remounted this fall. Please check this page for updates.