If you’ve been out walking along Portage Avenue or through the skywalks the last couple of days, you might have noticed some pretty amazing artwork has been put up. It’s actually Young Artists on the Avenue and it’s all been done by students from kindergarten to grade 12. I’ve gotta say I’m pretty darn impressed by some of the work I’ve seen. I’d be lucky to draw an elephant that doesn’t look like a compass if my life depended on it and here there are 10 years olds drawing pictures of Edward Cullen like he’s just been watching them sleep. (OK, I haven’t seen a drawing of him yet, but I’m assuming it’s only a matter of time. I did see Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter done in pencil, so pop culture has definitely had an influence on these kids.)
What I have seen are the amazing castle sculptures inside Portage Place with sparkles and princesses and all the bells and whistles. Just looking at them takes me back to a simpler time when I believed in fairy tales and knights in shining armor–did I mention that time was about two weeks ago? I’ve also seen some amazing glass work. There is a display, also in Portage Place, where students have created stunning stained-glass like pieces that would rival the work I’ve seen at many a craft fair. A teacher friend I know says she has at least one student sell a piece of artwork every year–how can you not be impressed by that?
Another fun display is up at the IMAX theatre where someone has created humans out of packing tape. The clear, hollow looking limbs just beg to be touched (although you shouldn’t because you aren’t supposed to touch art and everyone knows that). It’s like looking at people made of bubbles or air. Very surreal.
There is more artwork in the concourse and in the foyer of Investors group and I’ve only begun to explore it all. You should too. You can download a map of all the art locations here and take it with you on your next lunch break or just when you need to get away from your desk for a few minutes. (I have no doubt that the stress of your day can easily be washed away by paint, clay and pencil crayons. Just channel your inner child and everything will be OK.)
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