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November 2013

Help to Create a Public Art Piece - North York

November 5, 2013 | Jane | Comments (0)

A public artwork by Canadian artist Peter Powning is under way, but he needs your help to ensure it's a true reflection of your community. The bronze sculptures, in the form of two towering pinnacles, will be located on the site of Cranbrooke Village, the condominium being built at Bathurst Street and Saranac Boulevard. Peter will incorporate impressions of personal and historical artifacts from residents of North York into the artwork.

You are invited to join in the process of making this artwork and having your memento featured!

Join us for the public casting sessions with artist Peter Powning:


Wednesday, November 6 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Barbara Frum Library Auditorium B


Thursday, November 7 - 1:00-4:00 pm

Gibson House Museum


Friday, November 8 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Barbara Frum Library Auditorium B


Saturday, Nov. 9 - 12:00-2:00 pm

Barbara Frum Library Auditorium B


How Does it Work?

The mementos can be of historical or personal significance, anything small enough to carry. In other artworks Peter has created, people have brought special buttons, horseshoes, old nails, kids' toys, jewelry, false teeth, school bells, military and sports medals, old china, watches, dolls, shoes, musical instruments, cell phones, cassette tapes and more.

The mementos will be treated with care and will be used to make an impression in soft clay that has been covered with a silicone membrane to protect the object. This all happens in a matter of minutes while you watch, and the memento is given back to you immediately.

The accumulated impressions of the mementos will be cast in bronze to become the content for a sculpture relief that the artist refers to as "historical mulch". The total effect is that the community defines itself through the combination of artifacts represented in the bronze relief. As a participant, you will be able to find the casting of the object that you provide in the sculpture, planned to be unveiled in June 2015.

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