The second installation occupies all four corners of the intersection. Using 19-inch steel checker plate letters, Garnet has installed four expressions commonly used to describe time. If you are a scientist, you formalize the concept of time by using the equation: DISTANCE = VELOCITY X TIME. If you work in business, TIME IS MONEY: MONEY IS TIME. Regardless of how you define it, things are always BETTER LATE THAN NEVER because we are all TOO SOON FREE OF TIME.
Broadview and Queen is a great place to contemplate such heavy topics. It’s probably the busiest intersection in the neighbourhood, with streetcars running along three of the four roadways and a good deal of foot traffic. The message of the piece is also indicative of the area as well. With the renovations nearly complete on the Broadview Hotel, this corner of Riverside is about to undergo major changes. Some feel it’s a renaissance, with businesses changing as gentrification sets in. Other’s see the death of what was once a unique and quirky area of Toronto. Only one thing is certain. “Time and tide wait for no man…”*
We’ll have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.
*attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer.
The title for this piece is taken from Time in a Bottle, by the wonderful Jim Croce, who really deserved all the time in the world.