Dufferin Underpass Public Art Installation – ‘Spirits of the Grotto’

“Three years in the making, Jacob’s Spirits of the Grotto consists of 34 large metal panels, each bearing a pair of mosaic tile discs representing eyes. Arranged within the underpass like heroes in a Hall of Fame, Spirits of the Grotto turns an otherwise dull transport corridor into a vibrant passageway.”

Dufferin Underpass Public Art Installation

Luis Jacob – Spirits of the Grotto

City of Toronto Dedication Event

Date: Friday, May 18

Time: 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Place: Dufferin Amphitheatre (parkette), 1266 Queen Street West

“City of Toronto Councillors Ana Bailão (Ward 18) and Gord Perks (Ward 14) join internationally renowned Toronto artist Luis Jacob for a dedication of his new Dufferin Underpass public art project, Spirits of the Grotto. The public is also invited to this event.

Part of Toronto’s Public Art program, the work consists of 34 perforated-metal panels bearing colourful mosaic designs in the shape of eyes gazing down on passing cars, cyclists and pedestrians. For more information on this project please visit:

http://www.livewithculture.ca/art/dufferin-underpass-becomes-a-grotto/

Project financing came from the City’s Transportation, Structures and Expressways area, City Planning Urban Design, and Transportation’s Public Realm Unit.”

Excerpted from Councillor Gord Perks’ wonderful blog.