Permanent and temporary artwork programmes involving the integration of art, architecture, landscape construction and urban design.

150 &155 Redpath

Artist: Blue Republic: Anna Passakas and Radek Kudlinski
Client: Capital Developments & Freed Developments

Emerging from two portals at 150 and 155 Redpath, this multi-​component artwork, titled “STARGATE”, animates the neighbourhood with a crew of intergalactic 3D characters in varying states of materialization. These characters appear on the scene, in a moment frozen in time. Is it a dance, is it a standoff, or is it something else entirely? Transforming a busy and populated corner of Canada’s largest city into a window of outerspace, STARGATE’s colourful protagonists tower over several smaller lively coharts, creating a theatrical scene.

“STARGATE stood out because it was so bold,” says Todd Cowan, Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Developments. “It’s bright and energetic – exactly the personality we want to bring to 150 and 155 Redpath. We wanted to push the boundaries of what’s being done with public art in Toronto. We saw this as a real opportunity to add intrinsic value to our city. The dynamic installation will knit together the fabric of the neighbourhood around the new buildings, connecting the residential towers located across the street from one another through what we believe will be a landmark cultural display.”

“We were inspired by the idea of this sense of why and how we’re in constant pursuit of connection, no matter how strange or different it is. These characters tell a narrative of the world today. In a time when fear of what’s different is leading us towards more isolation and less inclusion, STARGATE attempts to break that notion. We are not meant to fear the unknown, rather, we are meant to explore and understand it, whatever it may be. There is an electric energy in the anticipation of what will happen next. It’s that moment when anything can happen and everything is possible.”

“STARGATE is not only a part of 150 and 155 Redpath, it interacts with all of the public space around it. The characters are approaching the traffic on the street, so all who pass by will find themselves in the middle of this dramatic scene.” — Anna Passakas and Radek Kudlinski