Standing tall at 35 feet, this twisting, stainless steel sculpture by Ted Bieler will certainly catch your eye. Appropriately named Triad for its three, intertwined arms, this piece was commissioned by Marathon Realty Company Limited, the owners of University Place, to mark the occasion of Toronto’s Sesquicentennial (one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary).
Bieler uses repeating patterns of tetrahedrons on each arm to suggest the familiar, spiralling form of DNA molecules. As they soar upwards, they represent the growth of the city and the deepening of connections between its people. The vertical movement offers a welcome contrast to the horizontal lines of the buildings positioned directly behind the sculpture.