Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Frances Loring and Florence Wyle
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2007
A 1984 Toronto Historical Board plaque, located here in Loring-Wyle Parkette on the northeast corner of Mt Pleasant Road and St. Clair Avenue East, is accompanied by several sculptures by Loring and Wyle including this bust of Wyle by Loring. Their other sculptures in the park can be seen further down this page. Here's what the plaque says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.690505 -79.383173
Sculptors Frances Loring (1887-1968) and Florence Wyle (1881-1968) were born in the United States mid-west. They met in 1907 while art students in Chicago, and moved to Toronto in 1913. Their home and studio near here at 110 Glenrose Avenue was a centre for artists, academics and students for 48 years. In 1918 they sculpted a series of figures of workers in the munitions industry for Canadian war memorials. Loring designed the lion, and Wyle the portrait reliefs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth for the Queen Elizabeth Way Lion Monument, now located in Gzowski Park. The works of these colourful artists are represented in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Galley and the War Museum in Ottawa, and on many public and private buildings in Ontario. Their contribution is recognized, at the request of the Moore Park Residents' Association, by this park named in their honour.
> Posted October 5, 2008
We were at the opening of the Loring-Wyle Parkette On June 5, 1984, and were dismayed at the lack (none) of media coverage for the opening. There are over 200 of their combined sculptures in storage at AGO, and we look forward to completion of the renovation of AGO for some of their works to be displayed.
Pauline and Ed Jackson
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