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Public Art Projects

The Evergreen Public Art Program is proud to support a wide-range of site-specific public art projects. See below for all current projects available for view at the Brick Works site, and within the surrounding ravine system.


Nestled by Jana Ostermann


Artist: Jana Ostermann
Media: Sumac branches, lighting elements
Location: Evergreen Garden Market

Nestled is a sculptural art piece and light fixture created by hand-weaving sustainably harvested sumac branches into a form resembling birds' nests. The organic, twisted nature of the branches offers a contrast to the industrial character of the metal roof rafters. The lighting in the woven structure creates a dynamic element to the piece, as the shadows it casts move throughout the day. As with all things found in nature, Nestled is in a constant state of flux as it responds to changes in its environment and affects the space around it.

Floodlines by Paul Aloisi and Dan Bergeron

Flood Lines

Artists: Paul Aloisi and Dan Bergeron
Location: The Pavilions

Flood Lines addresses the increasing frequency of heavy rainfall events in our contemporary climate by creating a spatial dialogue between three cisterns and the roof of The Pavilions in which they collect water from. Artists Paul Aloisi and Dan Bergeron have graphically interpreted hourly rainfall data in comparison with Don River storm surge data to render three circular paintings oriented towards a central viewpoint directly beneath the peak on the roof of The Pavilions.

Cayuga by Miles Keller


Artist: Miles Keller
Media: Cement, woodchips, straw
Location: Tiffany Commons

An innovative modular public seating solution made from salvaged and sustainable materials. Cayuga’s gently sloping, rolling shape recalls the layers of glacial till that form the landscape in this part of southern Ontario. The base of the seating, made from a sustainable composite material of cement and reclaimed wood chips, was manufactured in way that echoes the brick making technology once used at Don Valley Brick Works.

Winner of the 2014 Design by Nature competition.

Legacy (the mud beneath our feet) by David Hind

Legacy (the mud beneath our feet)

Artist: David Hind
Media:Reclaimed steel, aluminum, reclaimed wood
Location: Clayworks

A tribute to A.P. Coleman, who found evidence of ancient periods of climate change in the layers of deposits on the North Slope of the quarry. This sculpture, which depicts a pair of Coleman’s boots, speaks to the relationship between the natural world and industry by recalling the products and remnants of their interactions.

Watershed Consciousness by Ferruccio Sardella

Watershed Consciousness

Artist: Ferruccio Sardella
Media: Steel, copper, brass, plants, water
Location: Tiffany Commons

Watersheds are areas where all waters drain to a common body of water. “Where is your watershed address?” is the question this installation asks, as it depicts the rivers that flow through city and raises awareness about our extensive ravine system.

Toronto’s largest living map; Watershed Consciousness is a living work that looks and behaves differently in each season and responds to the changing conditions of its environment.

Native Tenants by Ferruccio Sardella

Native Tenants

Artist: Ferruccio Sardella
Location: Children's Garden, Building 4

These large-scale sculptural representations of native plants are poetic emblems of the transformed brick factory. They are a reminder of the importance of nature’s place in urban communities, and remind us that the division between nature and the built environment is socially constructed.

Deep Time by Ferrucio Sardella

Deep Time

Artist: Ferruccio Sardella, 2011
Media: Mixed
Location: The Pavilions

This installation is a poetic interpretation of the geologically significant north slope. The artwork interprets two glacial periods with an interglacial period between. The panels within the doorways represent a snapshot of this interglacial period approximately 120,000 years ago—a time when this place was home to giant prehistoric beavers, bison, deer and catfish—entire ecosystems thriving in a carolinian temperate that was 2 degrees warmer than today.


Green Design Exhibit

Green Design Exhibit

Curator: Robert Plitt, Evergreen Sustainability Manager, 2011
Location: Centre for Green Cities

Located on the ground floor of the Centre for Green Cities, Green Design explores the lessons learned in creating this unique site. Discover what key features of the project contribute to our LEED Platinum status and learn about the benefits and challenges of adaptive reuse. Themes explored include Conservation, Reuse, Remediation, and Sustainability.

Where Rocks Talk

Where Rocks Talk

Location: Young Welcome Centre

A representation of the north slope of the site’s old quarry, Where Rocks Talk depicts hundreds of thousands of years of geological history in seven distinct layers. The exhibit shows a region shaped by recurring glaciers, giant lakes and ancient, fast-flowing rivers—long before the highways, streetcars and city neighbourhoods of today.