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Toronto’s City Hall is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks, both for its interesting architecture, surrounding artwork, and history. The current city hall was designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, and was unveiled in 1969. The city hall’s makeover was to replace Old City Hall that stood there since 1899. Toronto’s City Hall is a beautiful building on it’s own, but is also known for the artwork surrounding the building. The one in this picture is part of a sculpture series by Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei named Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze, that was installed in the Nathan Phillips Square, right outside of city hall. The sculptures, which represent the animals of traditional figures of the Chinese Zodiac, was unveiled in Augusst. Ai Weiwei is under constant surveillance by the Chinese government due to his political stances, but wants to share his artwork worldwide and spread the message that diversity is important and that art is for everyone. The display will be on display until September. The hall is also host to different festivals throughout the year, most notably the Great New Year celebration that is held there every year, with fireworks and live bands in tow. The annual Cavalcade of Lights is held there from November to December, and draws in people who are looking to have a good time.
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