Photo credit: Nicola Betts Photography
TORONTO – August 22, 2016 — A bold, new public art sculpture by Toronto-based artist Clare Scott-Taggart, looks to be striding toward Wilson Station.
Located on the southwest corner of Wilson Ave. and Tippet Rd in North York, ‘Watson’s Dream’ emerges from the ground with kinetic force into the very busy commuter corridor. The energetic sculpture was commissioned by Brandy Lane Homes and project partners Wise Group and Shiplake Management Company.
“Often public art can be something that stands alone,” said artist Clare Scott-Taggart. “I wanted to create a piece that would literally be in step with the people around it.”
Standing 21’ tall and composed of 21 spun stainless steel spheres, ‘Watson’s Dream’ is named after James Watson, the scientist who first described the structure of DNA. The sculpture is a highly-magnified and stylized DNA strand representing the rapidly growing Downsview area.
“The spheres symbolize the many parts and contributions that combine to create a community,” added Scott-Taggart. “It is about how we, the community’s DNA, come together to create a whole. The single green sphere contrasted against the other black and white spheres represents the individual within the greater community.”
“We were so pleased to work with Clare on this project,” said David Hirsh, Brandy Lane Homes President. “Her vision exemplifies this vibrant new Toronto village, while making a bold statement on the Wilson corridor. We are very excited about this beautiful work.”
In 2004 the City of Toronto developed the Wilson Ave. Revitalization Plan. The mandate was to make Wilson Ave. into a pedestrian-friendly street by focusing on the quality and character of the streetscape, and by “creating a positive walking experience through the shopping and living precincts along Wilson Avenue.” With the emergence of many new condos, retail and service outlets, Scott-Taggart believes her latest work has added to this positive experience.
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About Clare Scott-Taggart
Clare Scott-Taggart lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She maintains a studio practice since 1993 creating sculpture and bespoke furniture from Iron.
Clare’s work explores the relationship between people and objects and focuses on the expressive nature of form and material. Whether working on an intimate scale or on large outdoor sculpture, Clare’s work seeks to engage the viewer in a dynamic conversation that addresses the dichotomies of nature and the constructed world.
In addition to Watson’s Dream, Clare has also contributed another public art sculpture in Toronto, Across the Great Span of Time (2008), located at Bayview and Sheppard Aves.
About The Station Condominiums
The Station is a condominium project at 545 and 555 Wilson Ave. (south-west corner of Tippett Rd). The development consists of 388 residential units, plus live/work homes and commercial/retail.
Developer: Wilsons Station Development Corporation
A joint venture:
Brandy Lane Corporation
Shiplake Management Company
Wise Management Group
Architect:Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Public Art:Darren Alexander, Public Art Consultant
David Eisenstadt / Carol King / Tom Venetis
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