Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Art for Wabash Community Recreation Centre, Toronto

Date Posted
November 1, 2023
Opportunity with
City of Toronto
Application Deadline
January 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm
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Value of the Awarded Commission: Approximately $385,000.00 (+HST) CAD
Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Please note that this is the abridged version. View the complete call for Expressions of Interests here.

The City of Toronto invites professional Canadian artists (including artist teams) to submit their Expression of Interest to the first stage of a competition for an integrated public artwork as part of the Wabash Community Recreation Centre and surrounding park improvements.

The art component of this revitalised public space will be selected through an open two-stage competition, with a net budget of approximately $385,000.00 (+HST). The project budget includes all costs directly associated with the artwork: all fees for design, fabrication, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, travel, and other incidental expenses.

Project Background
The City of Toronto is planning a new community recreation centre at the southeast corner of Sorauren Park, adaptively reusing the existing former Canadian Linseed Oil Mills Ltd. building (1910). Led by Parks, Forestry & Recreation and designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and PMA Landscape Architects, the project will include seating areas, a reading garden, community plaza, and sacred fire ceremonial space. The building is sustainable and has a low environmental impact; it has a green roof, solar panels, and employs mass timber. The four-story community recreation centre will include two pools, universal washrooms, multi-purpose rooms, event spaces, a double gymnasium, two terraces, and a running track. Connecting the various spaces, is a multi-level lobby and atrium.

Public art funding is provided by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry & Recreation division.

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