Central Business District, Toronto
A vast number of commercial, financial and professional institutions and services together with several government agencies are concentrated in Toronto's Central Business District (CBD), easily recognized by its towering skyscrapers. Every weekday a multitude of bankers, stockbrokers, insurance and property agents, lawyers and business people join with an army of civil servants to squeeze themselves into this relatively small downtown area.
The high-rise office blocks in the CBD are virtually all connected to one another by underground walkways and shopping concourses. Whatever the weather - rain or snow, strong winds or bitter cold - shoppers can make their way dry shod along the 1.5km / 1mi from Union St. to Dundas St. (north). Outlets selling all the daily necessities stay open till well into the evening. The large Toronto department stores are also linked into this system of subterranean precincts, and at various points there is access to the big city center car parks and the subway.The underground system is also known as the PATH.
Toronto Dominion Centre
The Toronto Dominion Centre consists of six buildings in the financial core of Toronto. The architect of the buildings was Mies Van der Rohe.Within and around the buildings are a variety of artworks all by Canadian artists.Artist Joe Fafard sculpted "The Pasture" which features seven cows lying on the grass. Each cow was sculpted through the use of the same mould.Artist Al McWilliams sculpture of a bronze ring with a 9.1 meter diameter which is broken into three sections is at the King Street plaza of the center. Each break in the ring is marked by a chair which stands approximately 12 to 18 meters from the ring.Two tapestries by Kaija Sanelma Harris hang at the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower. The tapestries, "Sun Ascending", represent the sun over the Canadian landscape.A tapestry by Andrée Marchand is also installed in the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower. "Purure de Samourai" was inspired by Japanese design.Marcel Marois' "Les Angeles dún Site", along with the help of his assistant worked on this tapestry for 10 months. The tapestry features sled dogs combined with abstract shapes.Paulette-Marie Sauve's interpretation of the Canadian landscape is a triptych installed at the Commercial Union Tower.WIthin the Royal Trust Tower is the tapestry by Joanna Staniszkis which represents the skyline of the city as a computer image.
Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art
The Design Exchange is housed in the old Art Deco Toronto Stock Exchange. The Design Exchange features a permanent collection in addition to changing exhibitions. Also on site is the Teknion Exchange Lounge.
Royal Bank Plaza
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