Toronto’s Garden of the Greek Gods Caught in ‘Custody’ Battle

Photo by Kathy Sutton
Photo by Kathy Sutton

The Garden of the Greek Gods, a pantheon of ancient Greek gods and mythological figures sculptures, created by Canadian artist E.B. Cox, have been caught in a “custody battle” between Muzik nightclub, Exhibition Place and the city council in Toronto.

The sculptures are still considered property of the city, however, they are also considered part of the grounds that were leased to Muzik, according to the terms of the contract signed with Exhibition Place. Therefore, the ancient Greek gods cannot be removed from the area without Muzik’s consent.

The lease which expires in 2024, clearly states that the sculptures are part of the grounds and now they will play a significant role in the negotiations over the nightclub’s future. “Without us giving an incentive to the operator… in the form of a change to the lease, it’s clear that there’s no interest in allowing for the removal of the art, which is disappointing,” stated Mike Layton, who represents Exhibition Place.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the sculptures were damaged when they were moved so that Muzik nightclub could expand its patio area.

Several opinions have been heard in regards to the negotiations. Some believe that the nightclub should get an extension on its lease and return the sculptures to the city, while others want the nightclub to close down completely.