The Water Guardians
...were dry. I'd like to come back at night, with the fountains working. One day. It's taken years to even come here as it is.
" The challenge with this site was to create a work that would engage children. The Water Guardians thoughtfully integrates art, landscape and play in a concept that is both serious and whimsical. With bouncy ground plane, variegated topography and graphic form and colour, the artwork’s aesthetic speaks readily to children in a playful way. But the title and watchful eyes denote a more serious regard for children, who need guardians, but are also guardians of the future. The artwork acts as a bridge between the nearby man-made water feature and the real Don River that flows beyond the end of Front Street, while the absence of actual water hints at a natural resource to be protected and appreciated."