The artist behind this Parkdale landmark doesn't want his name on it - until it gets fixed
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The artist behind this Parkdale landmark doesn’t want his name on it – until it gets fixed

The Parkdale BIA says the message behind the World Peace Monument, celebrating the diversity of the neighbourhood, still stands today. But the artist behind it wishes the piece was in better shape. (Talia Ricci/CBC) The World Peace Monument may be a well-known landmark in Parkdale, but it’s definitely seen better days and the artist who designed it doesn’t want to be associated with it until it gets a facelift. When the copper sphere was erected at Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue 14 years ago, the idea was to represent the coming together of many cultures in Parkdale. It was also supposed to light up at night, and function as a fountain for years to come — but it doesn’t, and hasn’t for years. Not only that, it’s often full of litter. Peter Dykhuis, the artist behind it, says the final product wasn’t quite the piece of art he had in mind when he drew up the design. "I really didn’t even want to claim it as mine, and when I finally saw it, it wasn’t made anywhere close to what I was expecting," he told CBC News during an interview via FaceTime from Halifax, N.S., where he now […]

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