FRESH EYES’ BY ARRIVALS.CA – CURRENTLY BEING INSTALLED ON CITY HALL
|Photo by Taiwo Bah 2012 ‘Fresh Eyes’|
In an effort to celebrate and include new citizens, Arrivals.ca has created an art installation titled Fresh Eyes, a visual composition featuring the eyes of new Canadian citizens on the front of City Hall. Fresh Eyes consists of transparent photos that have been applied to the windows of city councillors’ offices that face onto Nathan Phillips Square, allowing our city officials to see through the eyes of a new citizen. The title Fresh Eyes also references the value that new and diverse perspectives bring to debate and decision making situations.
The majority of the citizens featured in the art installation are from Pan American countries. Beginning July 10th, their individual stories can be found in the pilot Arrivals section of the Toronto Star on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the month of July.
The Fresh Eyes art installation and the corresponding Arrivals section in the Toronto Star is the first commission of the TORONTO 2015 Arts and Culture Advisory Council. It was selected to highlight the Games focus on diversity, artistic excellence and Pan American culture. This commission officially launches July 10, 2012, marking the three-year countdown to the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games