There’s a new public art installation along the Don River Valley as of this week, and it’s going to be a top spot for spooky Instagram opportunities this fall as we approach Halloween.
Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality by artist Duane Linklater is situated along the Lower Don Trail just north of the Prince Edward Viaduct and features a striking “cast concrete gargoyles.”
Linklater’s project stems from an interest in the structural changes made to the Lower Don River as it became an industrial hub in colonial Toronto.
The artist asks the viewer to look closely at the trajectory of Toronto’s history and the changes made to the natural environment with the development of cities in settler societies.
The gargoyle as an icon communicates power and authority; it is a protector of a certain kind of colonial space.
Check out these photos of the stone-faced new residents of the Lower Don.