The throngs of people who visit Celebration Square have a new piece of public art to enjoy. A large sculpture of painted steel, shaped like a giant book, was recently unveiled at the southeast corner of the square in the heart of Mississauga.
Entitled The Book, the sculpture features an open book with a red cover and pages that appear to be billowing in the wind. A few feet away from the book itself is a separate page which has become detached from the book. Artist is Ilan Sandler, who runs an art studio located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The sculpture has been in existence for a while – it was previously located along the north side of Highway 401, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. It was recently relocated to the Square One location and unveiled on May 10.
In a local interview, Sandler explained that the sculpture is covered with symbols, which symbolize early alphabets.
The centre of the pages show clusters of Roman letters. Surrounding each one of them are figures of various alphabets which predate the Roman system. The Book celebrates the history of the English language, and its alphabet.
Originally commissioned by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), the sculpture was always planned to be eventually moved to a more pedestrian friendly site.
Sandler has other public art commissioned in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Toronto, as well as in Denmark, and South Korea. Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1971, Ilan Sandler and his family immigrated to Toronto six years later, in 1977. Sandler studied at the University of Toronto, where he received a B.Sc. in Physics, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he completed an Honours Fine Arts certificate. In 2000 he was awarded an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He then went on to teach at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and most recently at NSCAD University where he held a SSHRC Research/Creation Fellowship until 2011. He is currently running Sandler Studio Inc. in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Book is just one more reason to visit Celebration Square, and is sure to become yet another identifiable landmark in the area.
The Rattray Marsh
The Rattray Marsh is a wetlands nature conservation area at the extreme southern end of Clarkson, in southwest Mississauga, Ontario. Long established as an oasis of calm and nature in the heart of Toronto’s largest suburb, the park fronts onto the northern shore of Lake Ontario, and features an extensive network of raised boardwalk trails that traverse forested areas, open grasslands, as well as a large marsh. The whole area is a paradise for bird watchers, and nature lovers in general, and is a welcome respite from the bustling city of Mississauga.
Rattray Marsh can be accessed from Bexhill Rd. as well as Silver Birch Trail. There is limited on street parking, as well as nearby surface parking at the Jack Darling Memorial Park.
On our visit on a recent sunny spring day, we encountered a few local hikers and several birdwatchers, but much of the time it was relatively empty, and just a treat to explore. Bicycles and inline skates are not allowed in the park, and while dogs are allowed, they must be on a leash. The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily, and admission is free, or with optional donation. Rattray Marsh is managed by the Credit Valley Conservation authority.
The Rattray Marsh is also a big draw in Mississauga real estate circles, and houses located in the surrounding area are luxury properties that sell at a premium. Being located near the park means you are also located near the shores of Lake Ontario, and these two factors create an unbeatable attractiveness when scouting for a house location. You can find more information about the real estate aspect of living near the park at my main site here.
Contemplating Child – Mississauga Public Art in the Park
It’s been 5 months since the “Contemplating Child” sculpture was installed at Mississauga Community Common Park, located in the heart of the city centre. Situated on a hilltop at the eastern end of the park, and created by Toronto artist Ferruccio Sardella, this has quickly become a popular landmark and meeting place in the Square One area. Created out of Cor-Ten steel, and weighing 3,500 pounds, we often see people taking photos here, and children hanging out and climbing on the structure.
Contemplating child is one of a series of recent public art additions in the City of Mississauga. Ferruccio Sardella is an artist based in Toronto, and he has a website here.
When I first saw this in August, 2014, I thought it more resembled “sad and lonely” child, or maybe “hungover adult”, but it has grown on me, there is certainly an interesting quality about the piece. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think about this sculpture, and all the other recent public art installations in #Mississauga. Personally, I think they are all great, each one is completely different from the others, each has a specific message to relay, and each of them humanizes and adds a certain amount of charm to the city centre.
Two new public art sculptures were recently installed in Mississauga at the corner of Duke of York Blvd. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. Entitled “Migration”, these stainless steel structures are by local artist Alex Anagnostou, and they portray a flock of now-extinct passenger pigeons in flight. There are two statues – one is ‘V” shaped, on the west corner, and one is shaped like an arc, on the east side of the intersection. When I was there yesterday, lots of people were stopping to admire the artwork.
Per the City of Mississauga’s press release, they are constructed of aluminum, stainless steel, and sandcast molten glass. I have to admit, they are quite striking in person, The colourful glass birds are inlaid into the metal, providing a nice effect.
These sculptures pay homage to the passenger pigeon, which in the nineteenth century used to exist in southern Ontario; now they are no more.
From the city’s website: “Migration recalls the story of the passenger pigeons that used to number in the billions as they flew across the southern coast of Lake Ontario during their migrations and would roost on the southern edge of Mississauga. The artwork also references the Mississauga First Nations people who were drawn to the area because of the rich and vibrant landscape which included the passenger pigeons.”
Definitely a nice addition to the Square One area of Mississauga. Alex Anagnostou is an artist in residence at the Living Arts Centre glass studio, and she has a website here: www.alexanagnostou.com
We recently spent part of a wonderful afternoon enjoying the natural beauty of the grounds surrounding the Bradley Museum in the Clarkson area of South Mississauga. This is a great place to take the kids, walk the dog, and just enjoy a bit of history surrounded by nature! My photo tour today focuses only on the grounds which surround the museum itself. The museum will be the subject of a future article.
Bradley Museum is located south of Lakeshore Road W., where Orr Road and Meadow Wood Road intersect. It’s only a block or so from the shores of Lake Ontario, and although it is in the heart of bustling Mississauga, this area is an oasis of peace and calm. The nature which surrounds you here, coupled with the historic buildings, hearken back to the rural Ontario of another age. Click on the photos for larger images..
This is an historic area of Mississauga that was first settled in the early 1800’s, originally known as ‘Clarkson’s Corners’. Today at the museum there are several structures, including barns and a log cabin, which gives the visitor a view to the past. The grounds are quite spectacular, and on the late spring weekend when we were there, the flowers were in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing.
Wandering the grounds of the Bradley Museum is a great way to reconnect with nature. We brought our fearless little shih tzu, who is a city dog for sure, and he loved it. There are wild deer in the refinery lands adjacent, and maybe it was the scent of these animals, because our little guy was intensely interested in what lay beyond in the forest, standing very still, sniffing the air carefully as long as we let him.
There are traditional flower, herb, and vegetable gardens to enjoy, and a forested trail which leads you direct to Lake Ontario. The weekend we were there in late May was a perfect time to enjoy the many flowering fruit trees located on the grounds. Museum staff are dressed in period costume, and parking is free. There are plenty of picnic tables.
The Bradley Museum is just one more reason why living in Mississauga is such a pleasure. Go there on a sunny Sunday afternoon, reconnect with nature, and enjoy a link with a past where life was not so hurried.
For more information on the Bradley Museum, and for an overview of Clarkson as it relates to real estate, see my main site here..