Union Station is getting an outdoor art installation next month

Jul 22 2020, 4:27 pm

Union Station’s Sir John A. McDonald Plaza at Front Street will soon be home to the Union Boardwalk, an outdoor art installation.

This boardwalk will present an art installation by interdisciplinary Toronto artist Javid Jah, from August 10 to September 25. The showcase is called “The Universe Within” and will include a series of artworks that “convey the union between the individual human and the Universe at large.”

“The spaces we occupy fundamentally affect our world view and affect our values,” says Jah.

“In a secular society, there are very few spaces that people can experience that reflect the principles of traditions of immigrant communities. I look forward to […] designing hybrid moments that express the diversity of Toronto in tangible, experiential ways.”

The installation comes after months of self isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a “cleanse” for the human spirit. It will also be a part of Union’s ongoing commitment to champion inclusion and local talent.

Union Station’s website says, “Green spaces and the arts have the power to transform feelings of separation and isolation into ones of inclusion and belonging, and this special space seeks to help Canadians stay connected during these exceptional circumstances.”

Visitors will be invited to walk through the Union Boardwalk to “enjoy a moment of reflection.”

Ground markers will be installed on-site to ensure social distancing measures.

For more information, visit their website.

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