Public Sculptures by Sandler Studio seen at Taddle Creek Park, Toronto - Vessel
Public Sculptures by Sandler Studio seen at Taddle Creek Park, Toronto - Vessel
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Commissioned by The City of Toronto
5.7m high Stainless Steel Sculpture with a Water Feature.

This sculpture of a water-carrying vessel is made from 4 kilometers of stainless steel rod. The rod measures the approximate length of Taddle Creek, which ran from Taddle Creek Park through downtown Toronto to Lake Ontario. The piece reconstitutes a memory of the buried creek by referencing its length and by bending the steel rod into water-carrying arteries. The sculpture’s surface is porous, allowing one to see light slicing through the stainless steel rods that create its volume. Water flows from the top of the rim of the vessel over its surface and then cascades onto the ground, creating sound that drowns out the noise of traffic. The piece is like an over-flowing pitcher, evoking the creek’s long history as a source of sustenance. Water from The Vessel is stored in an underground cistern and used to irrigate the park. Vessels have accompanied all peoples for millennia, and are often seen as a surrogate for the body; the desire of all civilizations to anthropomorphize these water-carrying vessels is evidence of their importance to our survival as a species. The ability to harness the flow of water both for physical and imaginative nourishment has been an inseparable part of the evolution of all societies. The Anishinaabe Nation or Ojibway-speaking people of the region would have drawn water for sustenance from many sources, including Taddle Creek. They also drew inspiration from water in the development of their creation myths, one of which says, “the rivers that run underground are the veins of Mother Earth and water is her blood, purifying her and bringing her food. Mother Earth implies reproduction, fertility and life.” Although The Vessel represents a container, it also acts as a fountain, relating the creek’s historical significance as a life-sustaining water source to the future pleasure of the community.

Meet the Creator

Sandler Studio

Sandler Studio

Halifax, Canada

Sandler Studio Inc. develops large-scale sculpture and media projects for installation in unconventional environments. Under the direction of Ilan Sandler, the Studio works with a network of professionals to collaborate in the design, fabrication, site development and installation of unique public artworks. Projects to date emphasize relationships among society, urban environments, and the natural world in order to directly engage the public. In 2000 he began experimenting with approaches and techniques to creating public art by combining industrial processes with emerging new media and rapid prototyping technology, and those experiments led him to found Sandler Studio as a research/production space for public projects. His major projects until 2005 included long-term temporary installations in unconventional sites: Arrest at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia; Pulse for the city of St. Louis; and Double Storey at the Toronto Sculpture Garden, as well as other mobile sensory and temporary projects in New York City, Philadelphia, and Connecticut. By 2006 his studio could support the production of large-scale pieces for national and international public art competitions. Although some of these public pieces have a textual or media component, in general his work references contemporary objects that are in common use and resonate across cultures, including books, wheels, sheaves of paper, tables, chairs, and water vessels. Recent permanent public artworks include A Departure in Lethbridge (2009), What’s Your Name? (2011) and The Vessel (2011) in Toronto. Upcoming permanent public art commissions include Under the Helmet (2013) in Calgary and both Lace Up (2013) and The School Chair (2013) in Halifax. In 2012 his new series of Urban Artworks called Stolen Parts was premiered in Stockholm. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Culture.

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