Inspired by sport

Shelley Romoff
Water Velocity artwork

Water Velocity will welcome visitors to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre—before, during and after the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Approximately 11 metres tall, the sculpture is designed and executed by Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière, better known as BGL. They describe it as “... a curious encounter between monumental sculpture, kinetic installation and optic art,” inspired by the lanes of the sports centre’s pools.

Following a national call for proposals and a three-phased juried competition that included public input, this major piece of public art was commissioned for the facility by UTSC, the city of Toronto and TORONTO 2015.

BGL, a Quebec city-based collective, has also been named as Canada’s representative at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the world’s most important showcase for contemporary art.

Their work—marked by shrewd wit and offbeat charm—has been shown in individual and group exhibitions worldwide, from Paris to Havana to Barcelona.