TORONTO - The acclaimed Romanian-born sculptor Sorel Etrog, who died Feb. 26 at age 80, left an indelible mark on Toronto, his adopted hometown, in the form of numerous public installations of his sculptural works.
A Google map posted on an Art Gallery of Ontario blog (http://bit.ly/1lpE0uO) locates several of his bronze figures.
An Etrog itinerary could start downtown with "The Hand," created in 1972, near the corner of University Avenue and King Street West (described in the Toronto Star's obituary as "a grotesque, comic monument, fingers morphing into links of a chain") and "Flight II" (1965-67) nearby on Wellington Street, before heading to the University of Toronto's Hart House for two works ("Survivors and Not Heroes," 1968, and "Complexes of a Lady," 1962), then up to Holy Blossom Temple on Bathurst Street ("Chasidic Head," 1959), winding up in Scarborough at the Guild Inn ("Spaceplough I," 1981).
The map also highlights Etrog sculptures on the grounds of the Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., outside the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ont., as well as in Calgary and Vancouver.
Etrog, creator of the Canadian film industry's Genie Awards statuette, dealt with ideas of alienation, love, sex, death and birth — "these big, big themes of human existence," said AGO curatorial assistant Gregory Humeniuk in a video posted on the gallery's blog.
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