Public Art Projects

Inversion. 2011
Inversion. 2011 © Eldon Garnet 2011. © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

The multi-sited sculptural work, Inversion is a comment about our current, local relationship with the age old Canadian and particularly urban interaction with nature. Simply put, nature has now been turned on its head. The threat has gone, the desire is not to fortify our existence against the wilderness which has been tamed to disappearance, but rather, it is now a nostalgic desire to embrace what no longer exists. Our current longing is to return a sense of nature to our environment, not to build walls against its presence, but rather to embrace nature.

Animal sculptures are life-size bronzes. Sizes include sculptural supports:
Buck: 18' high
Doe: 6.75' high
Wolf: 13.5' high
Fox: 5' high
All supports: 48" wide x 6" thick

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Turning. 2004
Turning. 2004 © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

TURNING is a tower which appears to be slightly out of balance, slightly askew, leaning. Text flows around three poles, gracefully spiraling upward as the tower ascends from the ground in three directions. It is symmetrical and asymmetrical.

TURNING is a tower comprised of a loose association of phrases and words which directly and indirectly deal with the experience of a life.

It is an associative narrative composed of five short texts: MOMENT TO MOMENT TO MOMENT; ONE MORE MARK IN AN ACCUMULATION OF MARKS; INHALE TO EXHALE; CONSUMED IN A FLASH; TURNING. Together the texts do not complete one story. They are fragments of life: as we progress in time. Like elements from our lives these texts are meant to invite thought, to stimulate poetic thinking.

Size: 12' wide x 19' high
Brushed stainless steel text: 12" high x 0.25" thick
Supporting poles: stainless steel 20' high x 4" diameter

Gift. 2000
2000. Height: 19', Width: 12' © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

This work consists of a realistic bronze tree which weeps water. The tree is five meters in height. Water appears to slowly seep from the bark and drip from the branches and the trunk of the tree. It flows down onto sand.

The tree is sited infront of a donor wall. The wall is constructed of limestone on which the names of those who gave gifts to build the Baycrest Geriatric Centre are engraved. The wall and the tree are the gift.

Bronze tree: 3 m wide x 5 m high
Limestone wall: 10 m long x 3 m high

Monument To Canadian Aids Workers. 1999
1999. Height: 19', Width: 12' © Eldon Garnet

Ottawa, Ontario

This is an active monument that simultaneously honours Canada's continuing involvement and commitment to international development and humanitarian aid abroad and is a tribute to those individuals who have died in the humanitarian service of their country.

This monument is made up of three major components: three formal planters; the memorial spirals; and a well with pump. The planters form the three sides of an equilateral triangle. In the planter between the two existing crab apple trees is a formal row of flowers. In one is a row of wheat. In the third a planting of vegetables. Each row of planting is symbolic. The planters are machines for growth that ask for care. Each planter has a built in watering system. Either system will be completed mechanized. Each structure is one meter in height with a length of six meters. The cultivation of the plants would be undertaken by a volunteer committee. In the center of the triangle pattern of planters is the source of water and the drainage point for the three planters. Water is pumped to the planters from this central well. The well is two meters in diameter at grade. The copper well and the stainless steep pump are physically at the centre of the monument. With little effort one can pump and drink at his location. The well is constructed of a series of concentric circles which step down below grade each ring is engraved with text which directly relate to the efforts of aid workers. The third major component of this monument are three spiral rings of copper. Two spiral rings are sited to incorporate the existing crab apple trees into the monument making them the centre of the memorializing aspect of this monument. These two rings are engraved with text which deals directly with Tim Stone and Nancy Malloy, two aid workers who died in the field. On the ground at the base of of these mature trees, inside the copper spiral are charred wood and ash: a reminder of death, threat and danger encountered by aid workers. In the far corner of the triangle is a third copper spiral Inside the spiral is a young crab apple tree, a sapling. The ground inside this spiral is covered with a white stone.

Overview. Length: 20', Height: 24" - 48"', Width: 20' Brushed stainless steel

Detail: Pump and Well with engraved text. Diameter: 8', Depth 24" Brushed stainless steel

The Book Of Sephar. 1997
1997. Harbourfront, Ontario © Eldon Garnet

Harbourfront, Toronto

Water flows from the spine of the open book on the chair. Water flows over the book and onto the platform below. Water flows over the platform to the body of water below. It is a lyrical and poetic work.

Constructed of aluminum.

Plate: 5' x 5' x 3/8"

Chair: 34" x 14" x 14"

Book: 17" x 11" x 4"

Time: And A Clock. 1995
1995. Toronto, Ontario © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

It is the essence of time, its substance and ambiguity that is examined in this sculpture/installation. This is one work in three sites. It encircles the Queen Broadview area with text. Three different types or styles of time related text were written, one for each site.

On the eastern entrance to this area of the city, on the Queen Street Bridge a line of text:?THIS RIVER I STEP IN IS NOT THE RIVER I STAND IN. Stainless steel letters, 18 inches in height, supported between steel beams, a six foot diameter ring of light as a clock. At the intersection of Broadview and Queen Street: stainless steel checker plate, 19" high letters; four expressions dealing with time; embedded in the sidewalk at four corners:?TOO SOON FREE FROM TIME; TIME IS MONEY: MONEY IS TIME; BETTER LATE THAN NEVER; TIME=DISTANCE X VELOCITY. Beside the Jimmy Simpson Park are four stainless steel pennants, four declarations of time, a lyrical poem, one word per pole:?COURSING, DISAPPEARING, TREMBLING, RETURNING.

The text in this work is written for a metropolis of readers who may read one word today at one site, or the next day the entire text at the three sites. The words fly by us as we fly past them. It is in parts, read in parts; never at one place at one time. It is text in flux.

Bridge Site
Stainless steel: 24" wide x 72" high x 40' long
Clock: 60" diameter

Pennant Site
Stainless steel: 36' wide x 22' high

Sidewalk Site
Stainless steel checkerplate 19" high letters
Coloured concrete: 24" height x 35' radius

Sidewalk Site
Stainless steel checkerplate letters: 24" high
Each corner: 35' approximate radius

Memorial To Commemorate The Chinese Railroad Workers. 1987 - 1989
1987/89. Harbourfront, Ontario © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

This project is a Memorial to the Chinese workers who built Canada's first transcontinental railroad. The Commemorative consists of two components, a monument and a series of large rocks. The monument is a large wooden rail tressel under construction, 30 feet high, 16 x 28 feet at the base, on which two Chinese workers are depicted lifting a beam into position. The pedestrian passes through the tressel under construction as they would a large gate. The monument is situated in a linear park beside Toronto's downtown rail corridor. Three pair of rocks brought from the Rocky Mountains of the original transcontinential train route are sited parallel to pedestrian pathway. The figures are life-size cast bronze, realistically depicted. The tressel is wood and concrete.

Installation view of rail tressel, wood, bronze, hemp rope
Size: 35' wide x 30' high x 70' long. Life size figures.

Detail of life size upper figure standing on wooden beams, pulling on rope.

Detail of pulley mechanism and rope. Note unfinished nature of wooden tressel.

Detail of life size lower figure standing on structure. Detail of beam being lifted.

Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters. 1988
1988. Toronto, Ontario © Eldon Garnet

Toronto, Ontario

This sculpture is an allegorical triptych of elements in three distinct sites of the Police Headquarters building in downtown Toronto. The three elements may stand alone; together they form an unified narrative. There are three life-size realistically rendered figures performing three actions. In the central square of the building is a policewoman, police radio in one hand, a trowel in the other constructed a stone base. At the northwest corner of the building is the rendering of a child pulling an oversized child's wagon. An obelisk sits on the wagon. The obelisk is polished Canadian granite 21 feet high, 3 foot square at the base. The wagon is constructed of metal with a two inch thick base plate on which the obelisk floats. At a side entrance, walking into the building is a male figure carrying on his shoulders a primitive support on which are balanced two books and two stone blocks.

Bronze: 6' high, Canadian granite

Canadian granite: 21' x 3' x 3' Bronze: 4' high, steel 52" x 40" x 18"