Art in the City Tour
In the 1960s Torontonians decided that art belonged in public spaces and buildings. And in the 1980s, the City decided that big business should foot the bill. As a result, the Financial District boasts some of the most expensive – and masterful – modern art in Canada. Gaze up at Canada’s biggest indoor mural, explore two hidden art galleries, and learn about the city’s history through its architectural wonders. Don’t forget your camera and sketchpad!
• Start at the controversial sculpture that kicked off the public art debate in Toronto in the 1960s
• Sketch or photograph water and rainforest plants in an art-filled garden
• Find a secret message inscribed on Old City Hall by its 19th Century architect
• Climb on the trunk of a life-size elephant
• Compare stunning skyscraper architecture through the decades
• Photograph Santiago Calatrava’s canopy of trees
• See James Turrell’s light installation and David Michael Besant’s tricky flatiron mural
**Starts at Nathan Phillips Square. Ends at the funky, local food-tastic St. Lawrence Market, perfect for lunch, with plenty of public picnic tables.
Cost & Length: Two-hour guided tour. $12 per student.