A MapDash Scavenger Hunt of Toronto public art

to market sculpture

To Market

I’ve made my way through downtown Toronto many times before, with specific destinations in mind as well as random wanderings. Then a friend from out of town showed me a picture of an amazing sculpture he was planning to go see, right in the heart of the city. I realized that I had never even noticed it before…what else have I missed?

So I decided that it was time to go on a scavenger hunt for some of Toronto’s overlooked treasures. I decided to do it in a way that would exercise my mind, body, and spirit…so I went MapDash-ing. Here’s what I found.

The satisfaction of finding the “To Market” sculpture was completely eclipsed by my joy of having a good excuse to finally peruse the  Kensington Market. Though it’s best suited to a summertime exposure, even in the winter it still puts a festive glimmer in your eye.

Al Waxman

Al Waxman

After a pleasant walk through the market I come to a perfectly situated urban city park .  On the far side I find a life size sculpture of a celebrated Canadian Entertainer, a pioneer in Canadian Cinema…ahh,that’s who Al Waxman is.

Nestled in the lap of Rogers Centre, a tribute to a people who truly helped build this country stands proud in it’s raw medium, glimmering buildings in the background. The Chinese Railway Workers Memorial with it’s poignant history helps me understand how important these people were.

The Archer

The Archer

The South African War Memorial stands mere blocks away, a testament to how far a Canadian fighting man will go to fulfill his duties. I’m ashamed to admit but I’ve walked past this monument many times before without taking the time to ponder it’s meaning.

Now I head to Nathan Phillips Square and find out how this solidly wondrous abstract sculpture called “The Archer”came to be, framed by City Hall.

Climbing the words upon the ladders embedded in the front foyer of Metro Hall I find myself feeling quite elated. “Selections from the Synopsis of Categories” is quite profound in it’s simplicity.

The metallic stepped peaks of an untitled sculpture, A.K.A. “Mountain”, truly looks as though it belongs at the back of Simcoe Park, trees alongside, skyscrapers towering above.

The Mountain

The Mountain

Not only did I find true pleasure in seeking out and learning about these creative mapdash scavenger hunt destinations, I found my eyes opened to many more sights along the way. Leaving me feeling somewhat staggered at how I’ve never really noticed them before…

MapDash map

MapDash map

Thanks Mapdash!

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