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New Public Art in Toronto Will Be World’s Largest Digitally Printed Image

TORONTO: February 28, 2018 – Metrolinx has selected a dramatic work of public art by Toronto artist, Alex McLeod, as its largest integrated public artwork commissioned to-date. The artwork, titled SECRET PARK GATE, will run the entire 1.4 km length of a new raised rail Guideway in Toronto, to be located near Landsdowne Ave. between Bloor St. and Dupont St.

When complete, it will be the largest digitally printed image in the world.

“The Davenport Diamond Guideway and Greenway includes fantastic public art by a world-class Toronto artist. It will be the largest digitally printed image in the world,” said Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster. “This is an exciting development for our customers and our community members, as Metrolinx works with architects and the artist to build a new rapid transit experience while designing beautiful public spaces for all to enjoy.”

The artwork was chosen by an independent expert review panel, with membership that included public art experts who live in the local community.

The top tier of submissions included such internationally renowned artists as Martin Creed (UK), James Nizam (Canada), Jacqueline Poncelet (UK), Jon Rafman (Canada), Michal Rovner (Israel), and Frank Stella (USA).

McLeod’s winning submission is sensitive to the character of the neighbourhood where this work will be located. The artwork includes intricate and playful landscapes at areas of high visibility and traffic. It also includes subdued colour gradients in areas with less exposure, like where the Guideway backs onto residential areas. This approach was developed in consultation with the local community.

“Alex McLeod’s work emerged as the clear winner from a truly world-class field of submissions,” said Laura Berazadi, Senior Advisor for Integrated Art at Metrolinx. “Digitally printed onto the cladding of the new raised rail Guideway, this project is an example of how integrated art improves our transportation infrastructure. This is Metrolinx’s largest integrated art project to-date, and is an example of how we are leading the way with our integrated art program and our commitment to design excellence.”

The integrated artwork unveiled today is only one example of Metrolinx’s investments in improving public space as part of this project. Beneath the raised Guideway will be a new public space—called the Greenway—that will feature multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists, pollinating gardens, play areas for children and families, and outdoor workspaces with public wifi. The project will also connect neighbours who had previously been cut-off from one another by a surface-level rail track.

The Guideway and Greenway project are part of the expansion of Metrolinx’s Barrie GO rail corridor as we move toward two-way all-day GO service throughout the region. The intersection of the Barrie GO corridor and the CP rail tracks—known as the “Davenport Diamond”—is one of the busiest rail intersections in North America. A raised Guideway is required to avoid congestion as Metrolinx brings more frequent rail service to communities along the Barrie GO corridor.

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