Arts and Culture

TTC Leslie Barns


Brown + Storey Architects Inc. - landscape architectural renderings for illustrative purposes only

City of Toronto National Call to Artists for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Artist Required for Public Artwork

Location: Leslie Street and Lake Shore Blvd
TCC Leslie Barns Maintenance Facility

Value of the Awarded Commission:  $575,000.00 CAD

Project Profile:

The TTC Leslie Barns capital development project – a state-of-the-art maintenance facility for the TTC’s fleet of new low floor streetcar vehicles located at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Blvd has generated a major public art opportunity. Brown + Storey Architects have designed the landscape of the Leslie Lakeshore ‘L’ and the TTC facility boundary wall.  The public art opportunity is located within the landscaped greenspace between the boundary wall and the streetscape. The public artwork will be integrated into the landscape design and context of the site.

Site Location:

Neighbourhood of the new TTC Leslie Barns Maintenance Facility; Leslie Street and Lake Shore Blvd., running south and connecting with Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit, and framed south of Commissioners on east and west sides by the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant and the Port Lands, respectively.

Public Artwork Locations:

The corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Blvd has been identified as the primary and mandatory site for the public artwork. This primary location is set back from the street corner and is surrounded by landscaping and trails. The site footprint is approximately 10m in diameter and has an electrical conduit. Other secondary locations will also be identified, including the area directly opposite the Leslie Street portion of the ‘L’, and two other designated sites within the landscaped area – further along Leslie Street and midway along Lake Shore Blvd.

Brown + Storey Architects – Landscape Design:

Brown + Storey Architects have designed a new kind of public space through a landscape that creates a bridge between motion and rest,
that acts as an intersection linking the Martin Goodman Trail, the Eastern Beaches, Tommy Thompson Park and the Community. This is the context behind the public art strategy that knits the streetscape and landscape elements together with the future public art into one integrated program designed to reinforce the community’s connection to Tommy Thompson Park and the Lake Ontario shoreline and to identify it as an important destination.

Brown + Storey Architects have envisioned a space that creates links and ‘takes root’. There are moments of intersection, bridging, negotiation, movement and stasis in the landscape design. The undulating topography of the landscape includes layers of patchworks and pathways of various scalings that set up an internal logic of planting of indigenous materials that carry forward the special nature of the Leslie Street Spit while juxtaposing that wildness with a cultured containment within a patchwork of spaces. Brown + Storey Architects have also adopted and appropriated the TTC facility boundary wall as an integral part of the landscape, designing a frieze made of red lacquered composite panels that actively emulates the surrounding landscape patterns.



Brown + Storey Architects Inc.- landscape architectural renderings for illustrative purposes only


For the first stage of the competition, City of Toronto – Arts & Culture Services is inviting local and national professional visual artists or artist-led teams to respond to this Expression of Interest (EOI).

Stage One:

A Selection Panel made up of practicing visual artists, arts professionals and community representatives will review all Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions and identify a short-list of five (5) artists in December 2016. The artists will be short-listed based on artistic excellence and perceived ability to create and execute an innovative, engaging public artwork that is complimentary to the overall design scheme and context of the site.

To respond to this EOI please digitally submit the following:

  • Artist CV (maximum 4 pages, in text formats .doc or .pdf)


  • Artist Statement – outlining interest in this particular public art commission, relevant experience (also open to visual artists and
    artist-led teams who are new to public art), and general artistic approach (maximum 1 page, in text formats .doc or .pdf)


  • Images of work  (maximum 10) – images should clearly indicate
    the image number, name of artist, and title of artwork
    (format .jpg only – maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels or 1 MB file size)


  • Image Information Sheet – describe each image by image number, name of artist, title of artwork, date, materials and dimensions
    (in text formats .doc or .pdf)


Submissions will only be accepted digitally via email.

  • Please use subject line: [surname], [first name] _ TTC Leslie Barns.
  • The attached files must not be zipped or archived.
  • All submissions must not exceed 10 MB total size.


Submissions must be received by Monday, November 14 at 12:00 noon.

Email submissions to:

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission.

Stage Two:

For the second stage of this competition, the 5 short-listed artists will be paid a modest fee to develop a concept proposal and budget. The artists will be invited to a site visit and provided with a detailed Terms of Reference document to aid in the development of concept proposals. The Selection Panel will reconvene for the artist proposal presentations.
A finalist will be chosen whose proposal best suits the overall scope of this project and with whom the panel is confident has an ability to conceive and realize a public artwork.

The public art commission will be awarded in March 2017.

Award of Contract:

The Terms of Reference will specify the commissioning of a public artwork awarded to the winning artist as a design and build contract. The artwork is to be installed by the fall of 2018. The project budget is estimated at CAD $575,000.00.

This program has been made possible through the cooperation of several public agencies; the TTC; City of Toronto, Arts and Culture Services, EDC; City Planning, Urban Design; Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Toronto Port Lands Company.


Clara Hargittay
Public Art Officer, EDC, Arts & Culture Services
Tel: 416-392-4173




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