When a garden friend told me about this mosaic installation by Canadian artist Katharine Harvey, I rushed right over to Chester subway station for a new installment of our TTC Garden Tour.
Wow. These glorious panels of hand-glazed ceramic tile depict native plants that might have grown in and around the old Chester Village or Don Valley ravine. Trout lily and blue flag on the westbound side of the street-level lobby, and milkweed and verbena on the other.
The images of plants are stylized and yet in some cases remarkably accurate. What can I say? Let me just step aside and let the pictures do the talking.
Some detail shots of the Milkweed Verbena mosaic for your delection, below.
And here’s Trout Lily Blue Flag, which opened up the show at the top.
Only after getting home did I realize that the entrance to the station also displays mosaic panels. An excuse to go back! [UPDATE: The entry façade hasn’t been done yet – unsure if it’s due to timing (aka inclement winter weather) or budget. Watch this space.]
For this edition of the TTC Garden Tour (to see others in this series, click the tag below), I was safely double-masked. Unfortunately, a few people weren’t. But it would be worth the price of a transit ticket just to see these mosaics up close and in person. The lobby is airy, and the doors are usually wide open.