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Through a partnership with the City of Toronto, we offer our community members and visitors a public collection of art that touch on themes of nature, connectivity, and local ecology.

NICOLAS BAIER
Mycelium

Mycelium draws inspiration from a virtual “self-growing network” that uses the inherent qualities of the pattern of the glass and the structure of the Bay Street Bridge to “grow” itself. The piece’s central concept is a network, which embodies CIBC SQUARE and Toronto’s immense and complex networks through the means of transport.

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STEVE DRISCOLL
A light stolen from the sun

Contemporary impressions of the Canadian landscape by Toronto-based artist Steve Driscoll complement the sleek modernist architecture of 81 Bay St at CIBC SQUARE. Upon entering the elevator bays, people’s fields of vision are filled with images of distant horizon lines framed by soaring canopies of trees. Printed on back-lit glass, these vibrant artworks evoke nature’s awesome majesty and beauty, the vertical thrust of the trees mimicking the space’s structural columns and drawing people’s eyes upwards just before they begin their ascent to the upper floors. Six paintings in the 4th floor sky lobby, appropriately named The Canopy, accompany the installations in the elevator bays, depicting a view seemingly from a treehouse among the branches. From a distance, viewers will be engaged by the assertive presence of Driscoll’s art, but they are also invited to look at the works closely to discern the individual gestures and vibrant interactions of colour that form the compositions.

Driscoll’s work has been acquired by several corporate and public art collections and was the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario) in 2017, followed by The Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound) in 2020.

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RACHEL JOANIS
Life at The Square

Life at The Square by Rachel Joanis, a Toronto graphic designer, and illustrator, showcases the every day and night at CIBC SQUARE. The mural reflects the community members and guests that come to work, connect, and enjoy.

As you move along the hallway, you see the evolution of the many ways CIBC SQUARE is here to make every day an experience. It showcases CIBC SQUARE’s elevated park grounds, dining, art, access to transportation, and Toronto’s natural beauty. With every view, you will notice something new by connecting to the diverse illustrations of people, actions, and environment. The mural starts and concludes the way all days should, surrounded by friends or colleagues in a setting unlike anything else in the city. Life at The Square is a journey that represents all that CIBC SQUARE and its surrounding community has to offer.

“I wanted to capture the energy and dynamic spirit of life at The Square, and at the same time create smaller, more quieter moments within the artwork for viewers to reflect on. My hope is that viewers will notice something new within the piece each time they pass by, therefore creating a new and unique experience each time they interact with the artwork.” – Rachel Joanis

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CAMILLE JODOIN-ENG
Maze

Maze is inspired by many nights spent traveling through Toronto’s streets. The geometric angles and coloured lights are reflections of the city’s architecture and vibrancy. The work explores concepts of navigation through space and time, and how this process can be refractional rather than linear.

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NICOLAS BAIER
Mycelium

Mycelium draws inspiration from a virtual “self-growing network” that uses the inherent qualities of the pattern of the glass and the structure of the Bay Street Bridge to “grow” itself. The piece’s central concept is a network, which embodies CIBC SQUARE and Toronto’s immense and complex networks through the means of transport.

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STEVE DRISCOLL
A light stolen from the sun

Contemporary impressions of the Canadian landscape by Toronto-based artist Steve Driscoll complement the sleek modernist architecture of 81 Bay St at CIBC SQUARE. Upon entering the elevator bays, people’s fields of vision are filled with images of distant horizon lines framed by soaring canopies of trees. Printed on back-lit glass, these vibrant artworks evoke nature’s awesome majesty and beauty, the vertical thrust of the trees mimicking the space’s structural columns and drawing people’s eyes upwards just before they begin their ascent to the upper floors. Six paintings in the 4th floor sky lobby, appropriately named The Canopy, accompany the installations in the elevator bays, depicting a view seemingly from a treehouse among the branches. From a distance, viewers will be engaged by the assertive presence of Driscoll’s art, but they are also invited to look at the works closely to discern the individual gestures and vibrant interactions of colour that form the compositions.

Driscoll’s work has been acquired by several corporate and public art collections and was the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario) in 2017, followed by The Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound) in 2020.

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RACHEL JOANIS
Life at The Square

Life at The Square by Rachel Joanis, a Toronto graphic designer, and illustrator, showcases the every day and night at CIBC SQUARE. The mural reflects the community members and guests that come to work, connect, and enjoy.

As you move along the hallway, you see the evolution of the many ways CIBC SQUARE is here to make every day an experience. It showcases CIBC SQUARE’s elevated park grounds, dining, art, access to transportation, and Toronto’s natural beauty. With every view, you will notice something new by connecting to the diverse illustrations of people, actions, and environment. The mural starts and concludes the way all days should, surrounded by friends or colleagues in a setting unlike anything else in the city. Life at The Square is a journey that represents all that CIBC SQUARE and its surrounding community has to offer.

“I wanted to capture the energy and dynamic spirit of life at The Square, and at the same time create smaller, more quieter moments within the artwork for viewers to reflect on. My hope is that viewers will notice something new within the piece each time they pass by, therefore creating a new and unique experience each time they interact with the artwork.” – Rachel Joanis

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CAMILLE JODOIN-ENG
Maze

Maze is inspired by many nights spent traveling through Toronto’s streets. The geometric angles and coloured lights are reflections of the city’s architecture and vibrancy. The work explores concepts of navigation through space and time, and how this process can be refractional rather than linear.

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Mycelium

Award-winning artist, Nicolas Baier, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Since he was young, Baier has had a passion for the arts as is exemplified by his lengthy career and education. Baier completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (BFA) at Concordia University in 1994 and has since had his work featured across the globe in cities from Montreal and New York, to Paris, Berlin and beyond. Currently represented by Blouin Division Gallery, Baier is a firm believer that there should be a curious artist in everyone.

Baier is hopeful that his work will not only bring people together but foster an environment where one can participate in meaningful encounters and connections that are both useful and personally significant. Baier’s work can be seen in numerous private and public collections, including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, CIBC SQUARE and more. Baier’s awards include, but are not limited to, the Prix Pierre-Ayot, the Prix Louis-Comtois, both awarded by AGAC, and Loto-Quebec’s Public Favourite Art Piece.

Baier was chosen to have his art displayed at CIBC SQUARE to amplify the vitality of the architecture, elevate the overall environment and set the standard for international development heading into the new decade.

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A light stolen from the sun

Steve Driscoll is an artist whose approach to painting transforms the traditional Canadian landscape into a contemporary expressionistic look. Recognized for his psychedelic palette, Driscoll’s innovative use of a urethane-based paint poured from above not only adds texture and life to his paintings, but also brings a chemical modernity to each piece. The resulting work is a celebration of both colour and the materiality of paint. In recent bodies of work, Driscoll’s has been expressing—through urethane paintings and backlit glass—the ways we interact with the natural world using digital video and photography. Whether bursts, blurs, or panoramas, this interaction can change and deepen our connections to time and the environment.

Driscoll lives and works in Toronto. An Ontario College of Art and Design graduate, he has exhibited his work in New York and Denmark, as well as in various galleries across Canada, including Toronto, St. John’s, Edmonton and Vancouver. His work has received acclaim nationally and internationally, and his shows continue to sell out. In 2017, Driscoll’s work was featured in an exhibition at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, as well as a solo show at the Gallery Stratford in Stratford. Steve is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

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Life at The Square

Rachel Joanis is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and the founder behind Rachel Joanis Illustrations, a Toronto-based online print shop. Joanis graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Design, from the Fashion Communications program in 2015.

Joanis is passionate about equal representation and wishes for her work to allow everyone to see themselves represented in her art. The majority of her work focuses around women and promoting different ethnicities and body types, to help further inclusivity. In five short years, Joanis has built a successful graphic design career; has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and has worked with clients including Dermalogica, The Four Seasons, Holt Renfrew, and CIBC SQUARE. Joanis was most recently selected to create an immersive mural at CIBC SQUARE. The mural will create an atmosphere of inclusion and representation for all tenants and visitors to feel a sense of belonging, drive them, and remember that our differences give us true value.

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Maze

The work Maze by Camille Jodoin-Eng is a sculptural work from 2017 made of acrylic, wood, neon, and electrical components. Camille Jodoin-Eng’s work approaches the interplay between physical and psychological space by engaging with spatial and sensory properties such as light, dimensions, and perspectives. Often inspired by shrines and temples as spaces devoted to reflecting on otherworldly existences, their work engages with repetition and symbology to create a physical manifestation of infinite space.

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Mycelium
81 Bay Street Bridge
NICOLAS BAEIR

Mycelium draws inspiration from a “virtual self-growing network’ that uses the inherent qualities of the pattern of the glass and the structure of the Bay Street Bridge to ‘grow’ itself. The piece’s central concept is a network, which embodies CIBC SQUARE and Toronto’s immense and complex networks through the means of transport.

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A light stolen from the sun
81 Bay Street Lobby
STEVE DRISCOLL

Upon entering the elevator bays, people’s fields of vision are filled with images of distant horizon lines framed by soaring canopies of trees. Printed on back-lit glass, these vibrant artworks evoke nature’s awesome majesty and beauty, the vertical thrust of the trees mimicking the space’s structural columns and drawing people’s eyes upwards just before they begin their ascent to the upper floors.

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Life at The Square
81 Bay Street P1 Level
RACHEL JOANIS

Life at The Square depicts the hustle and bustle of CIBC SQUARE. Throughout the mural, a host of helpful concierges in brightly coloured uniforms can be found guiding viewers through the artwork. This piece showcases the many important aspects within CIBC SQUARE; which provides a space for work and play and is truly a space for everyone.

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Maze
141 Bay Street
Camille Jodoin-Eng

Maze is inspired by many nights spent traveling through Toronto’s streets. The geometric angles and coloured lights are reflections of the city’s architecture and vibrancy. The work explores concepts of navigation through space and time, and how this process can be refractional rather than linear.

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