With so much new construction going on across Toronto, it’s easy to forget the city’s past. But Stanton Renaissance, the developer behind On the GO Mimico in west Toronto, is ensuring that future residents will have a deeper connection to the area’s history.
Louie Santaguida, President of Stanton Renaissance, has commissioned famed Inuit sculpture Abraham Ruben to create an exterior art piece that will connect to Mimico’s past.
A major force among Inuit sculptors, Ruben was born in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories in 1951 and has been exhibiting work since 1973. Though he studied art in university, Ruben often chooses non-traditional materials and tools to tell old legends and tales in a new way. For example, his plans for the On The GO Mimico sculpture will speak to Mimico’s name which means “the place where the doves gather.” The region was where abundant flocks of morning doves went to mate.
Once complete, the bronze casting will stand 8 to 9 feet tall on a platform that will have at its base decorative elements that represent fire. The campfire harkens back to the tribes that called the surrounding region home. The piece will be comprised of a crest of birds and tongues of fire that will form a long flute line with strands that spray upwards – Morning Doves will be seen fleeing in all directions.
The sculpture’s centre will have long fluted element that climaxes in a family group facing outwardly – a man and woman with a child between them, linking the indigenous people to the present residents. Beneath the birds, the surface will be covered in pictographs that are painted onto rock. Here Ruben will use images from pictographs scattered across the region to represent the native groups of the land.
Altogether, the work of art will take between six and nine months to complete. Here’s a drawing of what we can expect:
Stanton Renaissance is committed to ensuring that each aspect of On the GO Mimico will fit into its surrounds. Situated at Royal York Road and Newcastle Street in Etobicoke, the 27-storey condo will be the only development in Toronto to provide residents with direct access to a GO station. Aside from transit convenience, buyers will be able to enjoy the eclectic west-end neighbourhood, home to a burgeoning commercial strip along Lake Shore Boulevard and scenic waterfront trials.
The condo has earned a reputation for focusing on unique features, whether its a stand out sculpture or an environmentally-friendly geothermal energy system. Suites start from the mid $200,000s.