William Pye Water Scupture


The W. Garfield Weston Foundation commissioned Aquaverde for the redesigned Grange Park adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

This water sculpture resulted from a limited competition to design an artwork for the circular area at the end of a curved wall carrying a rill of water across the park. The design is a mirror polished stainless steel bowl which receives the water from the rill, with seven spouts delivering laminar flowing water into cups. The cups break the flow and create animation of the water that can be seen from a distance.

LED lights are set below the cups to provide a programme of colour changing lighting at night.

The park was reopened and Aquaverde inaugurated on 8th July 2017 by Mr. and Mrs. Galen Weston.

For more information or to commission a similar piece, please send a request through the contact page on this website.

  • Inauguration day 8th July 2017
  • Inauguration day 8th July 2017
  • General view
  • View over the top of the bowl to the rill
  • Inauguration day 8th July 2017
  • Aquaverde seen across Grange Park

Concept development

  • Rendering courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Research & development work on deflector cups
  • Rendering courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario


  • The maquette


  • The bowl after mirror polishing
  • The finished sculpture prepared for despatch
  • Building the foundations
  • Installation on site
  • Levelling of the sculpture

Completion and launch

  • Water testing before completion
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario in the background
  • Ribbon cutting by Mr. & Mrs. Weston and William Pye
  • First viewing by the public