Public Arts // Barbarians

Barbarians is a series of five sculptures installed throughout the grounds of the historic Campbell House in downtown Toronto. The contrast between the 19th-century architecture and the 21st-century contemporary art is mediated here by the classicism of both. Valentine’s sculptures are inspired by the mythical creatures of ancient Greece and Rome – Minotaur, Cerberus, Persephone, &c. Similarly, Campbell House, Toronto’s finest example of late Georgian Palladian style, evokes the classical temple architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. The exhibition raises questions about the collapse and rebirth of civilizations; about creative destruction; and whether the new replaces the old, or the old is the hidden engine of the new.

  • Campbell House, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Liz Driver
  • August 1 - September 30, 2013
  • Mirrored Finish Stainless Steel (1/4” SS 316) Mild Plate Steel (1/4”-3/8”)
  • 12’-5’ (varying dimensions)
  • Campbell House Museum Unveils Majestic Sculpture Series by Harley Valentine

Row 1 / View From Street, Ryan Walker

Row 2 / Site overview, Google Maps

Row 3 / Lightbox, Ryan Walker

Row 4 - 10 / Installation views, Ryan Walker