GALLERIA PYLON REIMAGINED, 2019
Galleria Shopping Centre, intersection of Dupont & Dufferin Streets, Toronto, ON M6H 2A6
New public art installation illuminates Toronto’s West End
A homage to the Dupont West neighbourhood, local artist Thrush Holmes was commissioned to transform this iconic pylon at the site.
This 60 foot tall pylon which once marked the entrance to the mall and displayed the shopping centre’s signage, is now transformed into a colorful, glowing beacon; a gateway to the new development “Galleria on the Park“.
The original illuminated signs that at one time advertised the amenities/businesses in the mall were completely gutted and replaced with a wild rainbow of neon tubes. The original “Galleria” signage was reimagined with the same old recognizable typeface against a glowing backdrop of paint, executed with fire extinguishers pumping out paint, and the new red neon “Love me till I’m me again” is calling for different interpretations from all spectators.
This art piece concentrates on nostalgia while pushing forward a sense of renewed optimism, and some romantic hope for its reiteration.
The pylon temporary installation will be on display over the next few years.
(Photos: Khristel Stecher)