Statues presently located at site of Muzik nightclub at Exhibition Place E.B. Cox sculptures
After months of deliberation, The Working Group for the Relocation of The Greek Gods has recommended a better location for the sculptures without having to leave Exhibition Place.
The group agreed that the Rose Garden, just south of Bandshell Park, would be the home of the 20 sculptures created by the late E.B. Cox.
“This was the clear winner,” said Kathy Sutton, the daughter of the artist, E.B. Cox and member of the working group.
“It’s a great location, it’s a lovely grassy area and it’s bigger than where the statues are now.”
It took the working group a little over a year to choose the perfect location for the statues with the help of Exhibition Place staff, E.B Cox family members, City of Toronto staff and a stone conservator.
To narrow down their selection they came up with seven overarching criteria, which included accessibility, site suitability/sustainability, security on site, relocation costs, ongoing care and maintenance and acceptance by the new owner.
Although the group has chosen the homes for the statues, none of them will be moved until the terms of the lease with Muzik nightclub are addressed, which won’t be until early next year.
According to the report, presented to the board of governors at its Oct. 23 meeting, “the terms of the Muzik Clubs Lease would require agreement of the tenant to relocate The Greek Gods from the leased premises…in Spring 2015 the tenant (Muzik) indicated to both Exhibition Place staff and chair of the board that it was not willing to consider removal of the sculptures.”
Councillor Layton who sits on the board of governors and is also a member of the working group made it clear to the board that including the sculptures in Muzik’s lease was more than just an oversight by the board.
“It was a mistake to include it (the sculptures) in the lease in the first place,” he said to the board last week.
Initially the group proposed 13 possible locations for the sculptures across the city, some of which included a few west-end locations including Sir Casmir Gzowski Park, High Park, Ontario Place and Trinity-Bellwoods Park.
But the Rose Garden scored top marks in more than half of the criteria, which included accessibility to the public, available night lighting, the size and condition of the location and it was the closest site to the sculptures current location with no damage done to the Rose Garden to accommodate the statues.
It was also the original location for the art that her father wanted back in 1979, Sutton said. She also preferred that it did stay on Exhibition grounds.