Just to the south of the Horticulture Building, now the location of Toronto Event Centre, is a set of twenty massive statues of ancient Greek Gods known collectively as the ‘Garden of the Greek Gods’. The statues are the work of the late Toronto artist, E.B. Cox (1914-2003), who took several years to carve the figures from blocks of solid limestone using an air hammer and chisel.
The Garden of the Greek Gods was displayed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1976. It was such a popular attraction that the CNE Association decided to purchase the statues and place them permanently on the fair grounds.
At its meeting of April 23, 2010, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place approved the purchase of the Garden of the Greek Gods statuary from the Canadian National Exhibition Association at a value of $500,000 and the sale was finalized as part of the Master Agreement between the CNEA, the Board and the City (and related to the independence of the CNEA) and the Garden of the Greek Gods was transferred to the Board in 2013.
If anyone would like further information about the Garden of the Greek Gods statuary please contact Linda Cobon, Manager, Records & Archives at 416-263-3658 or LCobon@explace.on.ca.