Construction of new parkettes designed by DTAH for the Bloor Annex BIA is currently underway. This week, multiple large granite rocks that weigh up to 30,000lbs were installed as public art by artist Robert Cram. These blocks quarried in northern Quebec were considered ‘offcuts’ that would not meet aesthetic standards with a grain or split and would otherwise be discarded. They show the blast lines, natural grain and character which were further sculpted by the artist and transformed into inviting places for passersby to stop, sit, and rest. Watch a timelapse of the installation here

This revitalization project will see the transformation of four underused paved rights of way adjacent to Bloor – at Brunswick Avenue, Robert Street, Major Street and Howland Avenue – into a series of new dynamic green spaces. In addition to the sculpted rocks, the parkettes will feature trees, pollinator-friendly gardens, sustainably sourced wood decking, artistic bike parking and custom site furnishings, including salvaged materials from the nearby Honest Ed’s demolition site and public art seating. Learn more about the project here