Corwyn Lund: Word Count – Editorial

Surrounding the construction site of the property formally known as 48 Abell St is an installation by Artist Corwyn Lund entitled “Word Count”

Demolished in winter 2012, this former three-story warehouse had served for decades as studios and unsanctioned affordable housing for artists, its redevelopment is supposed to mark a new era in live/work spaces for Toronto artists, given what is occurring at Phase 1 of this project it’s doubtful the vision for the future will match the reality.

The exhibit was supposed to have run April 25th to June 30, a few short days after it’s installation piece of the hoarding containing sections of this project were removed to make way for construction, but there’s a beauty in that because it speaks to the reality of the fate of artists in this once thriving artistic community.

There’s a section on the south-side wall that speaks with great optimism and gratefulness for his new home at 180 Sudbury St with a nod toward Section 37 agreements that made it all possible.  It’s unfortunate the same agreement that made live/work units possible and provided a home was not fully realized as workshop space in the building has not been provided, leaving the potential for a thriving artist community at 180 Sudbury just out of grasp.

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