Councillor Giambrone and I have been working with the community over the last year to improve some of the design elements of the Dufferin Jog Elimination Project. I am happy to say that, after much input from the community, staff are pulling together the final pieces of the tender document and construction is expected to begin in the fall.
The only outstanding aspect of this project is securing an artist for the Public Art installation in the tunnel of the underpass (location decided by the community).
Through public consultations, with the Culture Divison of the City of Toronto, over the past few months many of you have already expressed your views about what the public art component in this location means to you and how it should communicate civic pride about your neighbourhoods. As Culture staff is beginning to work on the “Terms of Reference” , the document that will be given to artists responding to the competition call, we are welcoming your input not only about the social and economic history of Parkdale and West Queen West, but your personal and family histories and recollections.
Most importantly, we would like to know your thoughts about such intangible things as how you would like to feel while walking through that underpass, and the kind of ambiance you would wish the art to elicit. We hope that when combined together these personal and collective stories and historical materials will inform and inspire the artists and lead to excellent proposals, finally resulting in a Public Art work that will be a source of pride not only for the area but for Toronto.
Please forward all your comments to my staff Amy Johnston – firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward the content onto the Culture Division for their consideration.