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What is that?: Holding hands in a hidden Toronto garden

What is that?: Holding hands in a hidden Toronto garden

 

LAST UPDATED AUG 24, 2016 AT 9:06 AM EDT

 
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira
 
 

What is that?: Toronto sculptures explained is a new series looking at a different sculpture in the city every week. Have you seen a piece of public art in your daily commute and wondered what it was about? Me too … so I’ve decided that I’d learn a little bit more about my own city and share it with you.


People Helping People Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden, 736 Spadina Ave.

Making one’s way down Spadina is always a trip among worlds.

Spadina Road, just north of Eglinton in Forest Hill, is a quiet residential route leading up to a castle.

Once past Casa Loma, several neighbourhoods await. Coming up next is The Annex with its coffee and books, the University of Toronto also with its coffee and books, and cheese mongers and vintage shops at Kensington Market. There are dumplings and street food stands at Chinatown, music and restaurants in the Entertainment District, CityPlace with its dog parks and condos, and finally, the lake, with its wavy decks and tall ships.

It’s no wonder I missed this sculpture garden for nearly 38 years.

The Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden is hidden in an alley at 736 Spadina Ave., just south of Bloor between a condo and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.

The sculpture is two hands holding each other, called “People Helping People,” designed by sculptor Al Green in 1990. The condo developer, who is the sculptor’s son, reportedly loves Hendrix’s music, thus the garden’s name.

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

When I visited the sculpture, the unfortunate word “THUG” had been written on it.

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

The art on the wall of the condo, a plaque reads, was reproduced by the Green’s mould from the facades of the Victorian homes, which were built circa 1890, which occupied the site until 2004.

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

Trees stand and fruit hangs in front of the mould, almost hiding it from view.

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto
Jimi Hendrix Sculpture Garden in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira
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