Located in Berczy Park, in the heart of Toronto’s historic district, this Victorian-inspired fountain offers a playful narration through a menagerie of dogs spewing water toward basins. Generating many smiles, the desire to surprise is at the limit of what is feasible in terms of architectural provocation. The fountain is a traditional gesture, but the dogs, proposed in a staging that goes into all details, make it a more current gesture.
This baroque fountain, almost tacky, arises within the park on a triangular esplanade with a geometric pattern borrowed from the European tradition. The diagonal alleys exaggerate the park’s impression of grandeur and define the lawn areas, and a perennial garden borders the mural of the iconic Flatiron Building. The jury appreciated the dialogue between the past and the present, the audacity of the landscape narrative and its urban materiality. The spirit of this creation will mark the location and become inseparable from the specificity of the district. The provocation and insolence of this project is becoming a global statement for the city of Toronto.