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Public Art Projects

We have provided engineering services/advice specifically related to statue base design and support structures for various public art pieces.


  The Garden of Future Follies, Toronto   We undertook the design and detailing of the foundations for the Garden of Future Follies artwork as well as the design and detailing of the anchoring of the pieces of the foundations.&nbsp; We co-operated with the artists so that the pieces themselves were stable.&nbsp;&nbsp; (click for more)   Photos Courtesy of Studio of Received Ideas Inc.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;

The Garden of Future Follies, Toronto

We undertook the design and detailing of the foundations for the Garden of Future Follies artwork as well as the design and detailing of the anchoring of the pieces of the foundations.  We co-operated with the artists so that the pieces themselves were stable.  (click for more)

Photos Courtesy of Studio of Received Ideas Inc.   

  Chinese Railway Workers Monument, Toronto   Quinn Dressel Associates was engaged by the City of Toronto to assess the public artwork Chinese Railway Workers Monument to do a complete inspection of the timber structure at the site, past inspection and treatment reports, a structural analysis of the structure, identifying items in need of urgent repair and recommendations for remedial work.&nbsp;&nbsp; (click for more)   Photos Courtesy of Toronto Railway Museum

Chinese Railway Workers Monument, Toronto

Quinn Dressel Associates was engaged by the City of Toronto to assess the public artwork Chinese Railway Workers Monument to do a complete inspection of the timber structure at the site, past inspection and treatment reports, a structural analysis of the structure, identifying items in need of urgent repair and recommendations for remedial work.  (click for more)

Photos Courtesy of Toronto Railway Museum

  Three Graces Fountain, Toronto   The Three Graces artwork is located on the Queen’s Park Complex near the southwest corner of Bay Street and Wellesley Street. Our scope of work was to replace the rusted platform upon which the Three Graces artwork is supported. A survey of the artwork and its immediate surroundings was performed to establish the location and orientation of each of the components of the artwork. It was planned to remove the existing platform and have the fabricator of the new platform replicate the locations of the bolts that anchor the artwork and other significant locations, markings, and/or openings found on the platform.&nbsp; (click for more)   Photos Courtesy of Redpat Canada

Three Graces Fountain, Toronto

The Three Graces artwork is located on the Queen’s Park Complex near the southwest corner of Bay Street and Wellesley Street. Our scope of work was to replace the rusted platform upon which the Three Graces artwork is supported. A survey of the artwork and its immediate surroundings was performed to establish the location and orientation of each of the components of the artwork. It was planned to remove the existing platform and have the fabricator of the new platform replicate the locations of the bolts that anchor the artwork and other significant locations, markings, and/or openings found on the platform. (click for more)

Photos Courtesy of Redpat Canada

Veteran’s Memorial – Queen’s Park, Toronto

The monument is located on the northwest part of the front lawn at Queen’s Park. It consists of a 100 feet long retaining wall clad in polished granite wall etched with scenes from Canada’s war history as well as bronze inlay pieces designed by Allan Harding MacKay and inscribed with text contributions from author Jane Urquhart and military historian Jack Granatstein. As well, the monument features a stone-paved gathering area, a seating area, paths and gently sloping lawn. We undertook the design and detailing of the retaining wall and reinforced the concrete elements of the bench.

Photo Courtesy of The Ontario Realty Corporation

Anish Kapoor’s Sculpture – Simcoe Park, Toronto

Anish Kapoor’s sculpture in Simcoe Park, Toronto was water cut from solid aluminum.  The massive sculpture sits atop a foundation designed in 1995 by Quinn Dressel Associates and is located directly above the Simcoe Place food court.

Photo Courtesy of Redpat Canada


Additional Public Art Projects:

  • The Monument of Multiculturalism, Toronto
    The Monument of Multiculturalism by Francesco Perilli was commissioned by the National Congress of Italian Canadians.  We were retained by the City to aid in the restoration of the base support that had deteriorated and was setting unevenly.  


    From Toronto Star April 14, 2004: 
    Monument to Multiculturalism

    An empty base stands outside [Toronto's] Union Station, the once and future home of..."Monument to Multiculturalism" and it depicts a nude, faceless man with arms grasping the Earth's meridians and forming them into a globe -- but to the pigeons it is simply home. "The piece was heavily covered in droppings," Sandra Lougheed says. Lougheed stands by the statue in its temporary home at an Etobicoke foundry. It looms more than 3 metres above her, mummified in terrycloth and shrink wrap, except for its feet, currently being blasted with high-pressure carbon dioxide....Myros Trutiak was in charge of taking the statue down. He runs MST Bronze Limited, the foundry restoring the monument, one of only seven such facilities in all of Canada. Trutiak pulls out a series of photos showing the monument as it appeared when first cast in Italy. It glows a bronzy orange, its original patina, just as sculptor Francesco Perilli intended. It was a gift to the city from the Congress of Italian Canadians for its sesquicentennial. At first it didn't go over. Some critics called it kitsch. Others called it badly constructed.

  • World Youth Day Inukshuk, Toronto
    World Youth Day Inukshuk - Commissioned by the City of Toronto to commemorate World Youth Day in 2002, Quinn Dressel Associates worked with Mr. Kellypalik Qimirpik to provide the designs for the foundation and connections between the granite slabs.
     
  • Victory Peace World War II Memorial Sculpture, Toronto
    Victory Peace World War II Memorial Sculpture Commissioned by the Jackman Foundation, we assisted artist John McEwan in the surrounding concrete work and the design of the foundations for the sculpture and the flag pole.