Sunday, November 27, 2011

Toronto's Art Collection

The Endless Bench
Sculptor: Lea Vivot. A memorial to her son Morris
Sick Children's Hospital

I recently read Jenny Yuen's article, in the Toronto Sun, on Toronto's Art Collection. Jenny raised the question - should public money be spent on the city's art collection?

I won't paraphrase the article because that would deny you the pleasure of reading her article and seeing her video.  But, I will add that according to her article, the City of Toronto, owns over 200 pieces of art.

Toronto is presently undergoing some pretty tough budget cuts, as they try to clean up the city's debt problems. It goes almost without saying that such things as libraries and art would fall under the public microscope.

While it may make sense to see Toronto run an economically mean machine it seems to me that there is much more then dollars and cents involved.  Art is a mirror of a city's cultural civility. It reflects how a people see themselves. An abundance of good public art and memorial statues tells of a people who value the visual arts and its interpretive role.

Please click here to see Jenny's online video report.
Click here to read Jenny's article

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