A permanent public art exhibit by renowned artist James Carpenter was unveiled at 18 York Street that connects Southcore Financial Centre to Union Station via a bridge spanning York Street.
The unveiling took place during a cocktail reception that included live music and speeches from Adam Vaughan, Paul Finkbeiner and James Carpenter.
City Councillor Adam Vaughan said the project was six years in the making. Part of Toronto's city building plan Southcore Financial Centre is one of the newest high profile buildings in the city. Just past the Gardiner underpass going towards Lake Ontario the building provides easy access to transit and the rest of the downtown core.
A public reception during the opening of the Southcore Financial Centre's new art exhibit
Just a few years ago the area was just parking spots, now it has been transformed to a sparkling urban oasis.
“Southcore has become a vibrant neighbourhood in a very short period of time,” says Paul Finkbeiner, President of GWL Realty Advisors Inc., the developers of SFC on behalf of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC). “This bridge will enhance the area’s connectivity by providing easy and convenient access to Union Station, the GO Bus Terminal, the PATH network and the rest of the downtown core.”
Finkbeiner said the installation mirrors Lake Ontario. The bridge brings a special quality to the city of Toronto he added.
Tonight's unveiling of New Yorker James Carpenter's glass exhibit brings a social aspect to the property that will in time include a 45-storey Delta Toronto and two office towers. The property features an urban forest, garden roof and other green enhancements that truly make it a building of the future today.
James Carpenter began work at Southcore in September under a very tight deadline said one of his assistants. He and his team would fly in from New York via Porter Airlines to piece together the glass panels meant to capture the beauty and feel of Lake Ontario.
Carpenter studied architecture and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design graduating in 1972. He opened James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978. One of his latest projects was the newly reopened Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Carpenter is a dual citizen. His mother is Canadian and his father is American.