Toronto subway public art

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This article catalogues public art on the Toronto subway. It lists public art installed at Toronto subway stations by subway line and station. More information may be found in the individual station articles.

Station Line Title Artist Description Photo
College TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Hockey Knights in Canada Charles Pachter Two-part installation depicting the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs squaring off from opposite sides of the subway tracks, with the Canadiens on the northbound side and the Leafs on the southbound side. Collegesubwayleafsmural.jpg
Downsview Park TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Spin Panya Clark Espinal Abstract circle-like figure viewable from a certain angle TTC Downsview Station Doors Open Toronto preview IMG 4904.jpg
Dundas TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Cross Section William McElcheran Terracotta tile murals, located by the northwest entrance and along the under-platform crosswalk, depicting a vibrant urban scene of pets, shoppers, businessmen and other commuters. Dundas TTC mural meeting.jpg
Dupont TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Spadina Summer Under All Seasons James Sutherland Two flower mosaics using thousands of pieces of glass built directly into the station's tiling reaching upward into a mezzanine. DupontTTC.JPG
Eglinton West TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Summertime Streetcar Gerald Zeldin Two enamel murals depicting PCC streetcars facing each other, even though PCC streetcars never served this station. Eglinton West TTC Summertime Streetcar.jpg
Finch TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Rhythm of Exotic Plants Krystyna Sadowska Sculpture displayed on the lower concourse level, outside the fare-paid area. Finch TTC Sadowska.JPG
Finch West TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg (untitled) Bruce McLean Sculptured concrete supporting columns Q4132860 Finch West A05.jpg
Highway 407 TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Sky Ellipse David Pearl Multi-coloured glass panels for the subway platform skylights and bus terminal façade. It's interesting to play with that actual dynamic of light coming into the building so that the artwork is changing the nature of the architectural experience (37369751004).jpg
Lawrence West TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Spacing... Aerial Highways Claude Breeze Enamel tile mosaic depicting abstract wavy lines. Lawrence West TTC - South.jpg
Museum TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Decorative columns resembling the Egyptian god Osiris, First Nations house posts, Doric columns found in the Parthenon, China's Forbidden City columns, and Toltec warriors. TTC Museum 02.JPG
North York Centre TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Top of the North Hill—1850s Nicholas and Susana Graven Mural made of over 5000 pieces of glazed ceramic tile, on the northbound platform. EastMural - TopOfTheNorthHill1850s.JPG
Traffic at Yonge and Sheppard—1860s Nicholas and Susana Graven Mural made of over 5000 pieces of glazed ceramic tile, on the southbound platform. WestMural - TrafficAtYongeAndSheppard1860s.JPG
Pioneer Village TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg LightSpell Tim Edler and Jan Edler 40 ceiling-suspended chandeliers to display 8 interactively-entered characters; artwork installed but not yet activated due to the TTC's concerns about offensive language, which is prohibited according to the TTC's By-law #1. Q4132835 Pioneer Village station A09.jpg
Queen TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Our Nell John Boyle Painted murals at the platform level depicting Nellie McClung (a women's rights activist), William Lyon Mackenzie, and the former Simpson's and Eaton's department stores. TTC Queen station view across the tracks.jpg
Queen's Park TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Ana Vilel A ceramic tile mural, displayed in the mezzanine, donated by the Government of Portugal and inspired by Portuguese exploration of the New World. Torontoquadro.JPG
St. Clair West TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Tempo Gordon Rayner Enamel mural depicting abstract stripes. StClairWestTile.JPG
The Commuters Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky Many large bronze snails clinging to the walls of a staircase leading down from the streetcar/bus platform; inspired by a children's book by Pierre Berton. St. Clair West Station - The Commuters - at stairway.jpg
Sheppard West TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Boney Bus John McKinnon Abstract bus shape made from giant aluminum beams and basalt "wheels"; located in front of the station. Downsview Station - Boney Bus.jpg
Sliding Pi Arlene Stamp Large scale mosaic along the curved wall of the stairway between the bus platform and the mezzanine. Downsview.JPG
Spadina TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Barren Ground Caribou Joyce Wieland Large quilt featuring caribou in a tundra landscape, located at the concourse level below the 85 Spadina Road entrance.[1] Spadina Station - Barren Ground Caribou.jpg
K'san Village House Posts Fedelia O'Brien, Murphy Green, Chuck Heit Large cedar wood carvings depicting an owl, a wolf and a hawk displayed on the ground level of the 6 Spadina Road entrance. Spadina Station - K'san Village House Posts.jpg
Morning Glory Louis de Niverville Surreal enamel mural at the 85 Spadina Road entrance.[2] Spadina Station - Morning Glory.jpg
Union TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Zones of Immersion Stuart Reid 166 large glass panels along the length of the platform depicting sketches of commuters. Union (TTC) - Artwork - Zones of Immersion - 2 women on a train.JPG
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Atmospheric Lense Paul Raff Studio Coloured mirrored panels and windows located on the domed ceiling The VMC’s money shot (24145086698).jpg
Wilson TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Canyons Ted Bieler Wall sculpture located at the mezzanine level. WilsonArt.JPG
York Mills TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Breaking Ground Laurie Swim Tapestry commemorating the 50th anniversary of a 1960 accident that killed five young Italian immigrant workers constructing a tunnel for a water main in Hoggs Hollow. YorkMillsTTC tapestry.JPG
York University TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Piston Effect Jason Bruges Studio Glass panels that provide a black & white lighting display when a train passes. York University Station - Piston Effect - Concourse.jpg
Coxwell TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Forwards and Backwards Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki Three-dimensional sculpted curtain, cast in polished reflective aluminum. Coxwell station - art - Forwards and Backwards.jpg
Dufferin TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Something Happens Here Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski Colourful mosaics with metallic tiles featuring local logos, icons and historical references. Dufferin TTC station 22122340093.jpg
Ossington TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Ossington Particles Scott Eunson 800 stick-on coloured acrylic tiles arranged in clusters near stairways on the platform and mezzanine levels; evocative of Garrison Creek. Ossington Station - Particles on eastbound platform.jpg
Pape TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Source/
Derivations
Allan Harding MacKay Rectangular decorative panels on the platform and concourse levels depicting features of the station and of the neighbourhood. Pape TTC station July 2014 P69.JPG
Bayview TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg From Here Right Now Panya Clark Espinal Shadows of common objects such as apples and ladders silk screened to the linoleum and walls framed by patches of coloured tile giving it a surreal look called Trompe-l'œil.[3][4] Subway 0084.JPG
Bessarion TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Passing Sylvie Bélanger Frieze of hands, feet, and backs of heads representing the users of the station with the images of heads at the platform level, feet at the concourse level, and hands along the stairs between the Sheppard Avenue north side entrance and the concourse. Inside Bessarion station (concourse).JPG
Don Mills TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Before / after: 1997 / 2002 Stephen Cruise Tilework on the concourse walls representing geologic strata with depictions of local flora and fauna. Inside Don Mills station (concourse).JPG
Bronze inlays in the floor of the concourse and platform levels depicting fossils of fish, turtles, and leaves found on the site. Don Mills Station - Fish fossil inlay.jpg
Leslie TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Ampersand Micah Lexier 17,000 ceramic tiles each with the hand-written words "Sheppard" and "Leslie" separated by a printed ampersand. Micah Lexier (Leslie TTC).jpg
Sheppard–Yonge TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Immersion Land Stacey Spiegel Mosaic composed of 1.5 million one-inch tiles developed from a digitized and pixelated blend of 150 photographs depicting lush landscapes, country homes, and rural scenes stretching along Yonge Street towards North Bay. Sheppard-Yonge TTC 3828611528.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visitors to Toronto can see an example of her work by entering the Spadina subway station at 85 Spadina Road. The huge quilt titled "Barren Ground Caribou" which she produced in 1978 hangs there". Joyce Wieland. Northernstars. Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ Eli McIlveen (March 17, 2010). "Art on the TTC". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  3. ^ McIlveen, Eli (December 17, 2006). "Art on the TTC". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ Bow, James (April 18, 2007). "Subway Art by Serafin". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 

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Art on the TTC published by Transit Toronto