Sandler's water works

Sculptor Ilan Sandler's newest piece, "The Vessel," a 5.7-metre-tall, stainless-steel water pitcher in Burnside, will quench your Summer thirst for art.

If you happen to drive by Burnside in the next couple of days, stop at Velocity Machining and Welding (19 Pettipas) to see sculptor Ilan Sandler's newest piece, "The Vessel," a 5.7-metre-tall, stainless-steel water pitcher. Sandler and Velocity are old co-conspirators; you may remember Sandler's giant steel book with the float-away pages, which is now installed along Toronto's busy 401 Highway, near the airport. "The Vessel," commissioned by Toronto's Department of Parks for Taddle Creek Park, will be a clean reprieve in the city of trash after it's installed (date pending because of the strike). Created from four kilometres of stainless-steel rod, the length references the "approximate distance that Taddle Creek ran from Taddle Creek Park through downtown to Lake Ontario. I have reconstituted a memory of the buried creek by referencing its length and bending the steel rod into water-carrying arteries that form a vessel," writes Sandler, who won a national competition for the commission in March 2007. Light will slice through the rods, and water, stored to irrigate the park, will "flow from the top of the rim of the vessel over its surface and then cascade onto the ground plane, creating sound that drowns out the noise of traffic."

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