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mockup, 2018
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The Drake

birdO - Toronto, Canada

The artist known as birdO takes his street-art aesthetic and transforms it into his first monumental sculpture for the garden podium, an urban oasis above 150 York Street/181 University Avenue. His vibrant hybrid of animal forms and abstraction will rise above the trees and bring the secluded space alive with a playful sculpture.

For this piece, the artist was inspired by the Kirtland’s Warbler, a small songbird that nearly became extinct just 50 years ago and is now on it’s way to recovery. Requiring large areas of dense young jack pine that was historically created by wildfire, today this habitat is primarily created through the harvest of mature jack pine, and planting of seedlings. Every year this 6in wonder migrates from Southern Ontario to The Bahamas and back. For Nuit Blanche birdO has transformed the image of this tiny creature into an epic sculpture, rising out of an abstract base, it will loom large over the downtown core.

The Drake is a creative incubator, connecting the public with artists working in all media from across town and around the world. Providing an entry point for guests to make meaningful connections with the art community, the Drake presents an eclectic and constantly changing program of performance and visual art in addition to an ever-growing permanent art collection. Artist residencies bring national and international artists to work in public spaces, allowing our audiences to get to know the artists of our time.



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Drake One Fifty

150 York Street (Second Floor Podium Roof)

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.