Mixer envisions its installation as a stage inhabited by a pair of cast bronze figures engaged in dialogue with passersby, hotel visitors, and each other. Bold and distinctive in silhouette and richly finished in a lustrous deep gold patina, the sculptural ensemble forms a vivid and iconic tableau establishing the Park Hyatt as a singular destination. As a public artwork, Mixer is monumental in scale – visible from afar and instantly recognizable. Open and intimate, the work invites visitors to experience the artwork fully and in the round. People become a critical part of the scenography, which unfolds within the architectural proscenium and extends out into the city. Mixer finds shape and expression in the rich history of Park Hyatt Toronto, merging classical figurative allusions with industrial, artisanal, and organic forms culled from glassware, vessels, and couture. The forms also stem from a reinterpretation of the artistic legacy of Henry Moore, a seminal figure in the history of the modern era in Toronto. Mixer captures the allure of social encounters and celebrates imbibing in all the senses. They form a continuity between the illustrious past of Park Hyatt Toronto and its present renaissance as an exemplar of elegance and luxury.The hotel’s rooftop lounge and its 50 years storied past was the inspiration of the Mixer. An Te Liu drew inspiration from his lasting moments in the bar while studying Art History (and Duchamp) at Victoria College, UofT.
An Te Liu
An Te Liu is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist, living and working in Toronto. His practice refers to the aesthetics and heritage of modernist design and architecture, through a post-modern approach. By molding his sculptures from polystyrene pieces, the artist transforms the futile consumption of disposable objects into a purely creative act.View Bio