Patio expansion at Muzik leaves Greek gods fenced off

A patio expansion at Muzik nightclub has ended up putting a fence around a series of limestone statues that are supposed to be public art.
Some of E.B. Cox's statues of Greek gods have been fenced off, as a result of a patio expansion taking place on the Exhibition Place grounds. (CBC)

A patio expansion at Muzik nightclub has resulted in a fence going up around a series of limestone statues that are supposed to be public art.

The statues, which are located on the grounds of Exhibition Place and are collectively titled Garden of the Greek Gods, were sculpted by internationally acclaimed Toronto artists E.B. Cox decades ago.

Their initial home was at a ski resort, but they've been at Exhibition Place since 1979.

Kathy Sutton, the daughter of the late sculptor E.B. Cox, is upset that some of her father's works have been left (CBC)

The sculptor’s daughter, Kathy Sutton, told CBC News that Cox wanted his art enjoyed by the public. She is irate that his work is now not accessible in the way that it should be.

"The fence makes me feel sick that public art can no longer be seen by the public," Sutton said in an interview.

Exhibition Place owns the land that Muzik leases and is a city agency. But the city owns the statues.

Coun. Mike Layton said that the statues are not mentioned in Muzik’s long-term lease from Exhibition Place.

Muzik did not respond to repeated interview requests from CBC News.

Meanwhile, the city’s licensing and standards department has just received an expansion application for the same patio that is under construction.

The fate of the sculptures is expected to be discussed on Friday at a meeting of the Exhibition Place board.

With a report from the CBC's Lorenda Reddekopp