FLOWER POWER by Mark di Suvero (Photo: rutard.ca)
Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection.
The pieces have long suffered deterioration at their High Park location. After restoration, “Flower Power” will be relocated to a more protected location, in a central waterfront park to be created as part of the Concord Adex development. The City of Toronto will keep ownership. Discussions are underway to determine the final home for “No Shoes.” The decision to relocate came after consultations with members of the Art Committee for Public Places.