Complementarity in sculptures

The City recently reopened Piazza Dante, a small urban parkette in front of St Anthony Church, corner of Booth and Gladstone.

Two carved granite pillars flank the main entrance to the piazza from Gladstone. If they look familiar, well, they should. Their cousins mark the entrance to Preston Street at Primrose:

When the Preston Street sculptures — Postcards from the Piazzas, by c j fleury –were being made, the granite carvers misread the order and produced four columns instead of two. With some quick thinking by the City, the artist, and Preston BIA, the additional columns were purchased, finished,  and used as gate posts to Piazza Dante.

There are two foundations on the Booth Street entrance suitable for two more columns or gateway features.

The Piazza is now finished, with an unobtrusive spray pad feature built into the star pattern laid in the concrete. When on, children have fun. When off, it functions like a piazza for wedding pic, church and community events.

While I would like to have seen more shrubs along the perimeter fence line, the overall park is a significant improvement over the previous version.

the other entry column at Piazza Dante

[as an aside, go back up to the first picture: why on earth does the City have a 40km speed limit right in front of park, in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Thirty is plenty fast, and will hugely increase survival possibilities after the inevitable child-meets-car collisions]

2 thoughts on “Complementarity in sculptures

  1. I’m originally an Alberta boy, where the Provincial Highway Traffic Act mandates that any road bordering a school or playground has a 30 kph speed limit.

    In Calgary, this includes 4 lane arterials like Elbow Drive (similar to St. Laurent Blvd or Montreal Road here).

    I’ve never seen this in Ontario……maybe it’s time to call your MPP. If they are going to amend the Traffic Act to improve bicycle safety (promised during the election if I recall), they can add 30 kph school and playground zones.


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