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Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve

High Water Mark

A delightful surprise awaits folks who wander the East Don Trail through the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve. Nestled under a railway bridge found between Lawrence Ave. E. and Eglinton Ave. E. lies High Water Mark, a commissioned installation by Toronto sculptor and photographer Robert Sprachman.

This arrangement of fifteen stones is made to symbolize some of most significant flood events over one-hundred and ten years of our city's history. The first stone represents the great flood of 1886, the damage from which helped to galvanize public support for the straightening of the Don River. The last stone represents the flood of 1998, which brought many parts of our bustling metropolis to a stand still. The placement of each stone is only symbolic, and does not correspond to actual rainfall amounts or water levels reached. Nonetheless, the work does an excellent job at reminding us that our rivers are dynamic, responsive features of our urban environment, capable of lending us great beauty and great devastation in equal measure.

High Water Mark can be reached most immediately via the access point into the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve located off of Wynford Heights Cres.

Posted on: June 1, 2015