On evenings and weekends Toronto’s business district takes on a very different feel. The skyscrapers are all surrounded by small park-like courtyards and it’s really nice to just go sit around there and imagine the hubbub that happens right here during the week. But among all the little plazas there’s some really cool sculptures that I just love.
My favourite (pictured) is of a whole bunch of cows lounging about one of these downtown courtyards at the Black and sort of ominous Mies van der Rohe designed Dominion Centre building. These bovine have been here as long as I can remember. To me, they seem to highlight the stark differences between the city and the countryside. They were the closest thing to the real cows I often saw when I was growing up.
Another good one is the bronze elephant family statue at Commerce Court; as is the troupe of “rabbit-esque” creatures behind metro hall. A newer addition is situated near the base of the Shangri-La tower at University and Adelaide. I’m still not exactly sure what it is, but ‘doves’ and ‘hands’ are definitely a part of it.