Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Legacy Art Project inspired by Terry Fox?
The Legacy Art Project is a grassroots, volunteer-led initiative to build a permanent, public art and landscape installation in a park setting on Toronto’s waterfront, inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy. It is a registered not-for-profit corporation No. 1979935.
Why honour Terry Fox?
Terry Fox’s story is part of Canada’s collective memory; it is a tale of heroic achievements, perpetual inspiration and world renown. For more than 38 years, Terry has been an emblem of the values that Canadians are most proud of. He reminds of our capacity to use our talents for the greater good, that “Anything is possible if you try”.
Where will it be built?
It will be located on Toronto’s waterfront at Queen’s Quay West, at the foot of Spadina on a portion of the site adjacent to the renowned Toronto Music Garden.
Toronto was a turning point in Terry’s Marathon of Hope in July 1980. It was in Toronto that tens of thousands of people gathered to cheered him on – providing a sharp contrast to the reception he had received in his cross-Canada run up to that point.
In fact, it was Terry’s parents, Betty and Rolly Fox, who requested that a tribute to Terry be established in Toronto to commemorate the momentous groundswell of support he received here which served to bolster their son’s spirit and impel him forward. Toronto provided the impetus to the raising of $24,000,000 for innovative cancer research that fulfilled Terry’s Marathon of Hope aspiration. To date, more than $800,000,000 has been raised in Terry’s name.
Over the past four years, this privately-funded initiative to honour Terry Fox’s heroism, leadership, positive energy and unfailing hope has gained momentum and community champions in Toronto. All agree it’s time to recognize Terry Fox’s impact in a prominent, public place in our city.
Located mere footsteps from his Marathon of Hope route through Toronto, this installation will inspire and galvanize both current and future generations to continue Terry’s important work. His noble yet selfless pursuit of a cure for cancer has energized countless others toward discovery, innovation and perseverance around the globe over the past 38 years.
Who is behind the Legacy Art Project?
The Legacy Art Project Steering Committee is comprised of volunteers and key professionals who bring specific expertise to the team. We are collaborating with the City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation, Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation and Toronto Office of Partnerships as well as a broad community of philanthropists, planners, architects and dedicated volunteers. See our champions list here. We welcome YOUR involvement, too! (see below for details)
How is the Legacy Art Project being funded?
The City of Toronto is providing an ideal site for The Legacy Art Project on Toronto’s Waterfront. More than $75,000 in private funding has already been raised. Additional fundraising efforts are well underway to help us reach our project goal of approximately $600,000. We are looking for the support of other Torontonians who feel as strongly as we do that a magnificent tribute to Terry, one that befits his legacy, belongs in our City.
Donors can make a contribution to the Legacy Art Project fund through the Toronto Foundation and receive a tax receipt. DONATE HERE
What does the final design look like?
Our art consultant, Rebecca Carbin, our expert Steering Committee and an appointed jury will launch a professional art competition Autumn 2018 to develop our artist team and final design in compliance with the City of Toronto’s Public Art and Monuments Donation Policy.
Our guiding principles for the art and landscape design are as follows:
• Maintaining an open, green space adjacent to the waterfront and the magnificent Toronto Music Garden
• The project vision will be expressed in a unique integrated art and Landscape design
• Accessible, unifying and welcoming to all
• Will be an attraction for both locals and visitors
• Will serve as a catalyst for community interaction and gathering place in our vibrant city
• Will raise our national pride by showing the world what Canadians are capable of and what we stand for
• Will educate by enshrining an extraordinary national story
• Will inspire by demonstrating that the path to achieving a goal is often challenging but ultimately rewarding
See the latest news about our shortlist of artist-led teams HERE
How do I get involved?
We welcome your participation! Interested in jumping onboard?
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If Terry’s story inspires you, please share our story and our fundraising page, https://torontofoundation.ca/listings/legacy_art_project_fund/