Top Image: A rendering of an imagined sculpture garden.
The Park's beautiful 200-hectare backdrop inspires artists to create works celebrating the site's natural environment and the city as a whole.
Co-presented by Evergreen and the City of Toronto, the Don River Valley Park art trail will be truly one of a kind, commissioning major contemporary artworks on an ongoing basis in the challenging and uncultivated environment of the Don Valley.
Just as the Park provides Toronto’s downtown core access to vital greenspace, it also makes art accessible for all residents—as art should be.
Artists who have been commissioned for pieces to feature in the Park experiment within the context of the Valley, integrating their art pieces into the landscape in creative and evolving ways that respond to their environment.
“When considering bringing art into our natural spaces we should remember that the life and landscape of Toronto's wilds have inspired the imaginations of such renowned artists as Doris McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Atom Egoyan, Larry Richards, and Ernest Hemingway.”
Return to the Don River Valley Park time and time again to find the unexpected, or to take a walk with an artist and learn something new!
Soon you will be able to visit and experience how artists reflect the history, ecology and industrial impact of the Don Valley in their works.
Public art in Toronto
Toronto is a city that thrives on culture, which includes public art.
Public art plays a critical role in creating vibrant, flourishing cities. The type of city we believe Toronto to be!
Responding to the rhythms of the city and the natural environment, art in the public realm allows us to see the everyday in a new light.
But in Toronto, public art is lacking in centralized locations. The Park will provide a public art program that continually evolves and introduces new ideas.
Visitors to the Don River Valley Park will be able to return time and time again to find an active, overlapping series of commissions and events. Acclaimed contemporary artists will use their pieces to frame the Don Valley’s ecological, cultural, industrial and Indigenous histories and the promise of a sustainable future.
The art program at the Don River Valley Park will animate the entire city by generating excitement and demand for a rich public art culture.
We can't wait for you to come visit us and find the unexpected. You may be surprised in what you find during your trip through the Park.