Putting a value on art

Art is as intrinsic to modern life as it was to cultures thousands of years ago. Whether an evocative painting, a whimsical installation, stunning architecture, music that creates gooseflesh, a film that leads you to unabashedly roar with laughter or quietly weep in a theatre of strangers, a book that makes you miss your stop, or the performance that inspires both awe and connectedness, the soul value of art is priceless.

It is at the root of our curiosity and our creativity; one naturally feeds the other. Art enhances our ability to maintain delight in the everyday as well as the extraordinary. Art is not an esoteric kingdom where only the well-heeled can live; it is the essential joy of expression – the pride on a child’s face when revealing a masterpiece in crayon.

Art provides experiences that can change your perspective on life, history, nature, the universe (your pick) forever. That’s about as fundamental as it gets on this human journey. We value art because it is how we discover, define and celebrate life.

Comparing apples

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” (Albert Einstein)

From the Fibonacci of phlox and forget-me-nots to the extraordinary resilience of a garden-variety dandelion, many lessons can be gleaned from nature. Strong as an oak. Red as a rose. Blue as the sky. Quiet as a mouse. Noisy as an oyster.

“A noisy oyster?” you ask. Everything is possible in a metaphor.

When contemplating the nature of transformational change, it helps to think about nature itself, comparing apples to, well, apples.

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Further reading on: leaders, leadership and change management.

 

Favourite Toronto Architecture 

There are many splendid architectural creations in Toronto. Here is a small sample of some of my favourites…I think it’s clear that I’m a proud University of Toronto alumna!

Graphic Arts Building

Toronto Old City Hall Clock Tower

University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, Elmsley Lane

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University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College

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Whitney Block, Government of Ontario Building

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Lieutenant Governor’s Suite

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King Street East

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King Street East

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Whitney Block, Government of Ontario Building

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Hart House, University of Toronto

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“Provence in Toronto” as I call it (Yonge Street near Rosedale Subway Station)

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Bank of Montreal Building

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Toronto Harbour, as seen from the Centre Island Ferry

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Riverdale Farm

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Trinity College, University of Toronto

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St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

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Trinity College, University of Toronto

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Trinity College, University of Toronto

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Trinity College, University of Toronto

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Trinity College Courtyard, University of Toronto

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Hart House, University of Toronto

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Bennett Gates to Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto

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Cloisters, University of Toronto

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“The Three Graces” by Gerald Gladstone, 1971 (in front of Macdonald Block and part of the Government of Ontario Art Collection)

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Royal Ontario Museum

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King Edward VII statue in Queen’s Park

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Ontario Legislative Building

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Toronto Old City Hall

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Ontario Heritage Centre, Adelaide Street

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Rosewater Room facade

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

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King Street East

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University College, University of Toronto

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Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto

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University College, University of Toronto

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Ballroom ceiling, Fairmont Royal York Hotel

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St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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The Royal Conservatory of Music Castle in silhouette