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The Gardiner Museum promotes the potential of clay on a grand scale and encourages access and community engagement through the display of public art.

In 2013, the Gardiner unveiled a monumental work by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko in front of the Museum. Kaneko is best known for creating large-scale ceramic sculptures and installations. This was his first major public installation in Toronto.

In 2018, a new work by Canadian artist Shary Boyle was revealed on the Gardiner Plaza. Cracked Wheat was selected by a five-person jury as part of the Gardiner Museum Ceramic Sculpture Competition launched in 2016. The sculpture was commission by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso with support from the City of Toronto.

1. Jun Kaneko, Untitled (head), 2002

2. Jun Kaneko, Untitled (head), 2002.

3. Shary Boyle, Cracked Wheat, 2018.