Gala Procession by Harley Valentine and Gabriel Fain is one of over 35 public artworks on display across the City of Mississauga.
Harley Valentine and Gabriel Fain, 2018
Zonta Meadows Linear Park
Gala Procession’s three forms pirouette in unison, creating an experience of place and performance. Referencing the discipline of ballet, the forms are rigid and robust while maintaining a delicate balance and weightlessness. The juxtaposition of structural steel layered against the natural elements of the park creates a striking dialogue emblematic of man against nature.
Gala Procession is a companion artwork to Gala Gateway. Both are permanent public art sculptures that trace inspiration from the natural elements of Canada and the dynamism of performing arts. The artworks create tension through their materials: rough and smooth, hard and soft, heavy and light.
Harley Valentine is a Toronto-based sculptor who specializes in large, outdoor biomorphic metal sculptures, often drawing upon mythology and history for inspiration, as well as natural forms and objects. Self-taught, he surfaced on the Toronto art scene at the age of 26, and his works have been exhibited and displayed in public spaces across Canada.
Gabriel Fain is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. He graduated from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a Master of Architecture degree where he was awarded the prestigious Heather M. Reisman Gold Medal in Design. Gabriel is a frequent guest critic at the Daniels Faculty and a regular contributor to Canadian Architect Magazine.
Read more about this artwork’s companion piece, Gala Gateway.
This artwork was commissioned with the support of Amacon.
Photographs by Tori Lambermont.