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Toronto Just Got A Green Space Filled With Sculptures Of Greek Gods And It’s Totally Free

By on November 9, 2022 0

In 2014, the Garden of the Greek Gods, a collection of 20 pristine limestone sculptures by famed Canadian sculptor EB Cox (1914-2003), became trapped behind enemy lines in the noxious Muzik nightclub and was no longer accessible to the public. audience.

After being pawns in a protracted and often unpleasant battle that involved the (now dormant) Club, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place and the City of Toronto, I am pleased to report that the Garden of the Greek Gods has been moved to a new location.

They are on public display again in a beautiful setting just east of the Rose Garden, south of Bandshell Park.

Garden of the Greek GodsFirst created in the 1960s, the sculptures depict characters from Greek mythology, including Aphrodite, Medusa, The Phoenix, Orpheus and the mighty Hercules.

Garden of the Greek GodsCox’s daughter, Kathy Sutton, who led the charge to restore their freedom and advocate greater respect and importance for public art, said:

“I am delighted that my father Garden of the Greek Gods has been returned to the public domain, in a beautiful new setting. It was in this area of ​​Exhibition Place that he first envisioned the Sculpture Garden in 1979. The new Sculpture House is perfectly suited for a family outing, perhaps with a picnic, where children can climb, play and even learn a little about art. or Greek mythology.

Sutton’s tireless David vs. Goliath battle reignited an ongoing debate about the place of public art, as well as the rights of artists whose works had been donated to the City of Toronto.

Garden of the Greek GodsReturn of the Gods is a testament to Sutton’s endurance in the face of mountains of red tape and a depressing apathy toward public art.

Writing in the Toronto Star, “city columnist” Edward Keenan took the opportunity to lament the new location of the Garden of the Greek Gods, saying, “It’s a shame this place isn’t a place where Torontonians have the opportunity to meet more often. “

The real shame is that while promoting this huge win, Keenan didn’t seem to understand that it took nearly a decade to save the statues from a place where they were only visible to people. visiting a seedy nightclub.

Garden of the Greek GodsEither way, the Gods now occupy a very public space in which they will be worshiped by visitors of all ages, especially young children, whom EB Cox has always encouraged to step onto his work.

The Garden of the Greek Gods now offers a more 2020s-friendly interactive online platform titled digital amphitheater, where the sculptures could serve as inspiration for storytelling and reflection.

Garden of the Greek GodsHeARTLab, in partnership with CAMH and Exhibition Place, has created a platform that invites visitors to share stories, memories and media through digitalamphitheatre.com.

When users enter the site, “they are inspired by an AR image of Ulysses’ ship for modern times, to take a personal and communal journey through storytelling.” (Free on-site Wi-Fi is available, or users can post multimedia later)

Garden of the Greek GodsThe Garden of the Greek Gods is now open to the public.