DREAMING, JAUME PLENSA’S SCULPTURE, FEATURES IN TORONTO
Oxford Properties unveils Dreaming, a landmark three-storey Jaume Plensa Sculpture in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District. The artwork created by the world-renowned Spanish artist marks final stage of the revitalization of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre.
Dreaming will alter the area’s streetscape and anchor a reimagined public plaza called The Terrace at Oxford’s Richmond-Adelaide Centre. It is a cast stone portrait created of white marble and resin, installed on top of a base that will serve as a public bench to encourage the public to enjoy the reimagined outdoor public space. The portrait of a young girl with her eyes closed in quiet contemplation was created with the intention of passersby looking inward. Plensa’s vision is for the art to act as a metaphor for humanity’s dreams for the future and for a shared human experience; a concept needed now more than ever before.
Jaume Plensa has received numerous national and international awards and has created large-scale public art installations that can be found in global cities such as New York, London, Singapore and Tokyo.
“We are invested in Toronto’s urban landscape and in creating a magnetic destination that inspires people,” said Eric Plesman, Oxford Properties’ Executive Vice President for North America. “The Dreaming installation is a landmark sculpture that will attract visitors from the immediate community and broader audiences to a public plaza that will support the vitality of downtown Toronto and our ongoing evolution as a world class city”
“The installation of this large-scale sculpture at the Richmond-Adelaide Centre’s new Terrace couldn’t have come at a better time for residents seeking socially distant ways to enjoy Toronto’s outdoor, public art,” said Mayor John Tory. “This is a crucial moment to create inspiring outdoor spaces that encourage connection between urban development, art and the community. After months of staying at home, Dreaming will be there to welcome back workers, residents and visitors as we start to bring back vitality to the downtown core. She gives a message of hope, courage and quiet contemplation at a time of great upheaval in all of our lives.”