The Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) invited professional artists living in Toronto
to submit a proposal for the creative transformation of park benches into permanent works of public art
to be installed in Liberty Village. Through the LVBIA BENCHmark program, public art will be taken
to the streets once again, creating our final signature benches and creative spaces that will enhance
one of Canada's most dynamic communities - Liberty Village.
A program of the Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA), BENCHmark engages artists and local
businesses to transform orphaned and neglected park benches into permanent works of public art to be
enjoyed by the community. In 2005, the Liberty Village BIA partnered with the City of Toronto to establish
this unique neighbourhood-specific public bench art program. Two artists were chosen to create three
inaugural public art benches, and since 2005, 18 additional benches have been completed and are located
throughout Liberty Village.
To date, BENCHmark has attracted the support of sponsors and partners who include; Liberty Village
BIA, Toronto Economic Development, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Carpet Factory, Allied
Properties, CanAlpha Liberty Towers, Liberty Market Building, Toy Factory Lofts/Lanterra Developments
Ltd., First Capital Realty, Toronto Parking Authority and Soft Choice Corporation.