Here is my original post about the EB Cox Garden of the Greek Gods sculptures at Exhibition Place in Toronto: http://werebearscomics.tumblr.com/post/34644201724/the-garden-of-the-greek-gods-there-are-several
When I first discovered them on a walk last year (May 2013) I found that they were on the patio of a private music club called Muzik. On the afternoon in question I wandered around the empty patio and took pictures of the lovely sculptures until someone asked me to leave. A few of the sculptures were on the lawn outside the patio and still accessible to the public - Hercules, Pan, Hydra, and the Minotaur.
I did some research and read that they were originally commissioned as public art pieces and I felt they should all still be accessible for viewing. I contacted Exhibition Place and after a few weeks I was told the sculptures were going to be moved to another area on Exhibition grounds. I was pretty happy.
Fast forward to May 2014 and I find the area around the club is being renovated to include a new pool and the sculptures are being loosely protected with flimsy plastic fencing. And now today (June 27th) I’ve learned that the Exhibition Place board of governors has voted to leave the sculptures fenced in at Muzik because they claim the cost of removing them now would be $500,000.
The fact that these 20 limestone sculptures were left on the Muzik property in the first place is so incredibly frustrating, inappropriate, and appalling. The Muzik website even has a section called “Greek God Sculpture” and has unattributed photos of some of the sculptures before any of the construction had taken place. Hilarious.
In conclusion, I am super bummed and disgusted and it is not at all unreasonable to expect these sculptures to be removed immediately. They are works of art meant to be in an open space for public enjoyment and for children to climb on, not for rich party goers to rest drinks out and extinguish cigarettes on.