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Brookfield Place Toronto Celebrates Earth Week with Colonization: Provoking, Earthy Public Art Installation

To celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week, Brookfield Place Toronto brings the rustic, whimsical work of Canadian artist Floyd Elzinga to the heart of downtown Toronto in a free public installation titled Colonization.

In true Canadian artistic tradition, Floyd Elzinga’s work is influenced by the country’s great outdoors. Elzinga says his work explores “the muddy area” between polar opposites by comparing the aggressive and innocuous nature of seeds and highlighting their potential. Elzinga’s 21 pinecones are made of solid steel, and stun visitors at first sight with their stature, shape, and size – ranging from 24 inches to over 9 feet. Themes of environmental destruction and manipulation run throughout the work, while the beauty of the urban forest creates hopefulness towards a cooperative future where modern life and environmental mindfulness collide, like Earth Week.

Elzinga’s stunning collection of steel pinecones hang in Allen Lambert Galleria as the latest free, public art exhibition in the space. For over 25 years, Brookfield Office Properties has enlivened public spaces with free visual and performance art through the Arts Brookfield program. The natural beauty and tactile feel of Colonization livens Brookfield Place Toronto to bring a touch of the great outdoors to downtown Toronto in celebration of Earth Week.

Download Colonization images here (credit: Ernesto Di Stefano / Brookfield Place Toronto)

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On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, artist Floyd Elzinga will be holding a meet-and-greet from 11:30AM to 1:30PM to discuss the project. Floyd Elzinga – Colonization runs until Friday, April 24th, 2015 at Brookfield Place Toronto, co-owned by Brookfield Office Properties and Oxford Properties Group.

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Arts Brookfield: Enlivening Public Spaces

Brookfield Office Properties enlivens its public spaces through an acclaimed visual and performing arts program. Arts Brookfield is committed to working with regional artists and commissioning original works of art in all disciplines including visual art, dance, theatre and music. These events offer artists unique opportunities to work in new and unusual spaces while providing provocative cultural experiences for tenants and visitors alike. The award-winning programs of Arts Brookfield in the New York and Toronto markets attract almost 5,000,000, visitors per year, with thousands of visitors also attending similar programs at Brookfield’s flagship properties in Los Angeles, Calgary, Denver, and Houston. For more information, visit

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