On October 27, 1966, The Archer was unveiled before a crowd of approximately 7,500 people by both Mayor Givens and The Honourable William Earl Rowe. The reception was less than warm.
The purchase of Moore’s work wasn’t without controversy. In an argument that will sound familiar today, the City Council balked at the $120,000 price tag for the sculpture, questioning both the price tag and the validity of abstract art, saying the money would be better spent on hospitals or youth programs.
Located in Nathan Phillips Square, The Archer by Henry Moore (also known as Three Way Piece No. 2), was unveiled on October 27, 1966. Know at the time as “Henry Moore’s big bronze whatchamacallit”, the statue weighs in at 2.5 tons and stands a little over 4.5 meters tall.
My aim is to develop an appreciation for the art littered in every neighbourhood in the GTA. I also want to encourage you to get outside and explore not just your neck of the woods, but the city as a whole. Sure, I want you to experience great art but I also want you to visit the coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, everything weird and wonderful that make these neighbourhoods unique.