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Old Posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:14 PM
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A new post on UT is about the art installation outside the Berczy showing where the shoreline of Lake Ontario used to be:

The new piece of art is here to remind Torontonians about the history of this place that was our the location of Toronto's waterfront for more than 10,000 years before the shoreline gradually moved south as the port was extended and filled in with ever larger wharfs, eventually reaching its current location. Shoreline Commemorative is a conceptualized and scaled map of the North shore of Lake Ontario, coming up from below the water level. The colouration of the limestone used for this work is the same as what the shoreline would have been before the area was heavily transformed over the past century.

The bronze tripod here represents the surveyor's instrument used for city building since the Roman times, a fundamental element in Toronto's history. The sphere on top of it is made of glass, tinted in two different tones to represent the sky above and the lake below, as a memory of the former vista from the foot of Church Street. On the south wall inside the niche, a sand-blasted sentence reads: "For 10,000 years this was the location of Lake Ontario's shoreline. This brick wall stands where water and land met, with a visa of horizon". In a city that has a relatively young history, Paul Raff aims to develop a sense of history by re-embodying a shoreline that was a major element of the city's identity.
Article and source of pictures.
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