Great Gulf Innaugurates Safe Hands by Ron Arad at One Bloor EastMay 30, 2019
Toronto ON, May 2019 – Great Gulf held the inauguration of SAFE HANDS at the iconic One Bloor, with internationally acclaimed artist Ron Arad attending from the UK. Special guests included Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, Ward 11 Councillor Mike Layton, academics, artists and other members of the community.
“Great Gulf takes its commitment to public art seriously and are confident that this work of art will enhance the city and be recognized on a global platform,” said Geoff Mathews Great Gulf Senior Vice President, High Rise Development. “Public art plays an important role in shaping the character of a city. It celebrates culture, history, architecture and provides civic spaces for citizens to enjoy.”
A selection jury was appointed by the City of Toronto made up of art experts and members from Great Gulf. The jury held an international competition due to the prominence of the flagship project located at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor. Ron Arad, an Israeli-born contemporary industrial designer, artist and architect was selected to create the public art which was fabricated by Toronto’s Stephen Richards. The sculpture’s two 88 ft and 82 ft tall freestanding towers wrap around each other vertically without touching. The outer surface of the sculpture is mirror polished stainless steel fabricated from flat sheet, rolled, welded and polished.
The crushed lower sections were created by applying over 150 Tons of pressure and selective application of heat to make the cylinder buckle and dent. The total weight of the two towers is just over 70,000 LBS with all assembly done in the GTA fabricated over a two-year period.
About Great Gulf
Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf Homes an international award-winning, low-rise and landmark high-rise residential developer providing over 70,000 families with places to call home; Ashton Woods Homes, the 3rd largest private builder and 18th largest in the U.S.; First Gulf, an innovative market leader in sustainable, accessible and transit-oriented commercial developments and large scale design-build industrial facilities; Tucker HiRise, a leading construction management company, specializing in the construction of high-density, mixed-used projects; H+ME Technology, a precision engineering panelization manufacturing facility; and Taboo Muskoka, one of Canada’s top-ranked golf courses, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum. www.greatgulf.com
Madeline Zito, Vice President Public Relations
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