Dedication to creating great public art is one of the tell-tale signs of a great world city.

A sculpture here and a painting there can go a long way in brightening up an (at times) drab and functional urban landscape. Sometimes artists adopt a ‘go big or go home’ attitude when it comes to public art installations and the new “Lake Light Threshold” in downtown Toronto is an example of that attitude in action.

Last week the internationally renowned artist James Carpenter unveiled the permanent and interactive lighting installation that  illuminates the bridge connecting the Southcore Financial Centre to Union Station and the PATH network.

This new art installation will certainly catch the eye of anyone who drives or walks by York Street and is well-worth traveling down for a look.

James Carpenter is a trained designer and sculptor and has received many awards for his art that integrates light into building structures. He founded James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Southcore Financial Centre, it’s a 1.4 million square foot office space in two office towers. Once complete it will also house a new four star Delta hotel. Slated for completion in 2014, the complex is a project by GWL Realty Advisors on behalf of British Columbia Investment Managers Corporation (bcIMC).

We received some cool photos of the unveiling, check them out below!

City Councillor Adam Vaughan with Paul Finkbeiner, the president of GWL Realty Advisors.

From left to right: Greg White - Inkan, Jamie Carpenter - Artist, Adam Schneiderman GWL Realty Advisors, Blake Macfarlane, Karen Mills - Public Art Management, Liz Min.

Left to right: Jennifer Balcerak - Director, Leasing GWL Realty Advisors, Craig Tresham - Senior VP and Principal at Avison Young, Paul Finkbeiner - President GWL Realty Advisors, Ian Stewart, VP Property Management, GWL Realty Advisors.

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