FRANCISCO CASTRO LOSTALO

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Sculpture and Painting Symposium

In 2010, as President of Toronto Art Visions, a not-for-profit community arts organization, I led planning for a sculpture and painting symposium held at First Canadian Place, Toronto, Canada. 

First Canadian Place is a 72-storey Toronto landmark office tower built 35 years ago and originally faced with 45,000 large panels of sculpture-quality white Italian Carrara marble.  The panels deteriorated over time and, for safety reasons, the building’s owners, Brookfield Properties Corporation, decided to replace the marble with fritted glass.

Based on a submission from Toronto Art Visions, Brookfield Properties and restoration experts Clifford Restoration Limited committed to donate up to 150 tons of marble panels to Toronto Art Visions projects.

From August 20-31, 2010, a group of 7 artists from Canada and Costa Rica demonstrated how this marble could be transformed into beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Untreated Panels

Preparing Marble

Symposium Site

Artists at Work

with R. Harrison, Sr. Property Manager (centre)

(L to R) R. Calvo, M. Pacheco, F. Castro Lostalo,

E. Morera, F. Madrigal, S. Mello

(Absent) J. Candido

Symposium Participants

2010 PROJECT - “OUR FRAGILE PLANET”