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Sculpture and Painting Symposium

In 2010, as President of Toronto Art Visions, I led planning for a sculpture and painting symposium held at First Canadian Place, a landmark office tower built 35 years ago in Toronto, Canada, and originally faced with 45,000 large panels of sculpture-quality Italian Carrara marble.  Over time, exposed to air pollution and extremes of heat and cold, the panels deteriorated over time.  Eventually, two of the 200-pound panels fell from the building and, for safety reasons, the building’s owners decided to replace the marble with fritted glass.  Building owner Brookfield Properties and restoration experts Clifford Restoration Limited committed to donate up to 150 tons of marble panels to Toronto Art Visions projects.

In August 2010, seven 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


Building and Carving Layers

Completed Sculpture