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Internationally Acclaimed Artists Gillie and Marc Unveil Interactive Sculpture in Toronto’s Entertainment District

Toronto – In a dazzling display of creativity and artistry, the Toronto Downtown West BIA proudly presents a new addition to the city’s cultural landscape: a captivating bronze sculpture by the renowned artistic duo Gillie and Marc Schattner, affectionately known as Gillie and Marc. Titled “He Was on a Ride to a Safer Place,” this interactive masterpiece promises to enchant and inspire visitors to Toronto’s Entertainment District for the next year.

The unveiling of this extraordinary sculpture marks a milestone moment for Toronto, as it represents the intersection of art, advocacy, and community engagement. Nestled in the heart of David Pecaut Square, this whimsical creation invites passersby to embark on a whimsical journey alongside Gillie and Marc’s beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, and a majestic northern white rhinoceros, all aboard a bicycle-built-for-four.

At the helm of this artistic endeavor are Gillie and Marc, globally acclaimed for their thought-provoking works that champion messages of equality, acceptance, and conservation. The sculpture, measuring an impressive 4.81 x 1.3 x 2.22 meters and weighing 1422 kilograms, is a testament to their dedication to creating art that transcends boundaries and fosters meaningful connections with viewers.

“Rabbitwoman and Dogman are like our own reflections, blending humanity with the wild,” shares Marc. “They’re out there, spreading the message of conservation, inspiring people to care for our planet and its creatures.”

Indeed, the inclusion of Rabbitwoman, Dogman, and the rhinoceros serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of compassion and conservation efforts towards endangered species. As symbols of diversity and acceptance, Rabbitwoman and Dogman embody the tale of two opposites becoming best friends and soul mates, while the rhino amplifies the urgent call to protect our planet’s wildlife.

Janice Solomon, Executive Director of the Toronto Downtown West BIA, emphasizes the significance of public art in enriching the cultural fabric of the city. “Gillie and Marc’s sculpture helps to beautify the area, foster community engagement, and enhance the economic vitality of the city,” says Solomon. “We are proud to have ‘He Was on a Ride to a Safer Place’ join the other 70+ pieces of public art in our BIA.”

Torontonians and visitors alike are invited to immerse themselves in this enchanting installation, take photos with the sculpture, and share their experiences using the hashtag #LoveTheLast. As the exhibition takes residence in David Pecaut Square until May 2025, it promises to be a beacon of creativity and inspiration for all who encounter it.

In a world where art has the power to ignite change and foster empathy, “He Was on a Ride to a Safer Place” stands as a testament to the transformative potential of public art, inviting us all to embark on a journey of discovery, compassion, and connection.

Tiana Squire

Tiana Squire is our Leisure and Lifestyle Writer, dedicated to covering a wide array of topics including restaurants & bars, fashion, travel and tourism, family events and entertainment. With a passion for exploring and sharing the best in leisure experiences, Tiana brings her unique perspective and enthusiasm to each piece she writes. For inquiries or feedback, contact Tiana at tiana.squire@gtaweekly.ca.

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