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.
Holt Renfrew Square One
On a recent visit to Square One Shopping Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario, we stopped by to check out the ongoing construction for the new Holt Renfrew outlet on the south side of the mall. Although Square One has been undergoing massive renovations and expansion over the last several years, which has resulted in new food courts, new store areas, and a large expansion on the north side (soon to host Montreal department store Simon’s), it is the south side where some of the most anticipated construction is taking place.
Attention Shoppers! Holt Renfrew coming to Square One
On the extreme southwest end of the mall, an approximate 120,000 square foot addition is being built to house a new Holt Renfrew location. Architects for this Square One Holt Renfrew expansion are Janson Goldstein LLP, who are based out of New York. You can see from the renderings and today’s construction photos, that there will be an interesting “scalloped” effect on the glass facade, a nice added touch in keeping with the luxury branding of Holts.
The new Holt Renfrew is expected to open in the spring of 2016, and will undoubtedly be a flagship for the luxury Canadian retailer, being part of its strategy to counter the entry of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom, into the Canadian retail scene. Square One itself has been rebranding itself in a big way over the last several years, with luxury retailers gradually squeezing out many of the lower priced stores. The mall itself is looking pretty good these days – brighter, cleaner, and with many new additions. It’s pretty clear that Oxford Properties, the managers of Square One, have spent a lot of time and money doing all the recent renovations, and the results are a definite step towards an “upscale” shopping experience. The addition of Holt Renfrew will be another major addition to this upscale rebranding.
We will keep you posted with updates on the many changes taking place at Square One Shopping Centre. It’s such a central fact of life for those of us living in the city centre area of Mississauga. And for people who love shopping at Holt Renfrew, it looks like you will soon be able to get your Missoni teddy bears, and much more, at Square One.
As mentioned, Oxford Properties manages Square One, and they are overseeing the ongoing development. Municipal address for the mall is 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON. L5B 2C9
Possibilities by Michel de Broin
Possibilities is a public art piece by Montreal based artist Michel de Broin. Installed in late 2012, Possibilities is located in the roundabout in front of Sheridan College Mississauga campus, at the intersection of Square One Drive and Duke of York Blvd. Today we will revisit this sculpture, which has added a noticeable splash of colour to the area just west of the Square One shopping mall.
Created out of aluminum, Possibilities consists of eight coloured arrows, and is meant as a nostalgic reflection of 1950’s road signs. It seems to me that the sculpture is a pretty good reflection of Mississauga’s auto-centric past, also pointing to new possibilities as it morphs into a more urban future.
Michel de Broin is a noted Canadian artist, based in Montreal. He has had exhibitions of his work in Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, and South Korea. You may remember news items about his recent contribution to Nuit Blanche celebrations in Paris, which consisted of a gigantic lit disco ball, elevated high in the sky. It was a crowd favourite in Paris. Michel is past winner of Canada’s Sobey Award, and he has a website here.
Although most drivers on the roundabout probably won’t have much time to admire the work, I think that this latest piece of public art is another subtle and life affirming addition to the city centre. The folks at the City of Mississauga’s public art initiative are to be applauded for their ongoing efforts to bring splashes of colour for us all to enjoy. We all win, and Canadian artists benefit as well. I like the fact that the area around Square One, which was previously mostly a wasteland, has transformed into something pretty special, peppered with public artwork, even as it is a work in progress. As phase 2 of the Sheridan campus takes shape, more and more people will be able to enjoy the “Possibilities” at this busy intersection.
The City of Mississauga continues to make interesting additions to its public art program, with another new and colourful project coming on stream last month. This one is titled “Tree Quilts”, and it is bringing a splash of colour and whimsy to the intersection of Hurontario St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
Tree Quilts consists of decorative wrapping of 11 trees located in the median of Hurontario St., which are part of a larger group of trees which are normally wrapped in regular brown burlap to protect them against the elements each winter. These 11 trees have been wrapped in colourful fabrics and quilts, which were custom made by the artist. Created by Toronto based design studio Fugitive Glue, these bright and colourful quilts have brightened up the intersection, and have been bringing smiles to Mississauga residents since their unveiling.
People that I’ve talked to seem to like the splash of colour that the quilted wraps bring to this busy part of Mississauga, in the heart of the city, and directly across from Square One shopping mall. They certainly do make an impact when you first see them. This public art display will disappear when the trees are unwrapped in the spring; hopefully they will return next year. Fugitive Glue is a collective of artists and designers, under the direction of founder Jano Badovinac. They have a website here. My only complaint? I wish that all the trees had been wrapped this way!
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.
Parkside Village Towns Update
Purchasers are undoubtedly watching with interest as work continues on this collection of luxury townhomes located at the western end of the massive Parkside Village development in the Mississauga Square One area. These 68 luxury townhomes broke ground in June, 2014, and are planning for a fall 2015 occupancy. They feature underground parking, and each unit has both a ground floor patio and a rooftop terrace. These townhomes are luxury properties, and were priced from the mid $500,000s. I like the nice, clean modernist design, with alternating shades of grey brick. Altogether a classy addition to Mississauga City Centre.
Developer is Vancouver based Amacon, and the architect is Richmond Architects Ltd. of Toronto. The project is completely sold out. Congrats to anyone who bought here!
Something new has been taking shape over the past week at the centre food court area of Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga. A gigantic stainless steel chandelier was hoisted into place over the past couple of days, and it will soon be finished with 3000 LED lights. The sculptured chandelier is by Toronto artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, who have recently been winning a lot of acclaim, including the 2011 Sobey Art Award. The artwork is titled “Lambent”, and is quite an imposing presence already. Young and Giroux have a website here.
Should be interesting to see it when it is lit up. With the extensive renos to the food court last year, and now this sparkling addition, Square One, under Oxford Properties management, is definitely looking good these days. Look out, Galleries Lafayette!