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Art and culture is proudly represented at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, as the airport hosts a number of permanent and temporary art installations. We are proud of our airport and the artists whose work contributes directly to an exceptional passenger experience.

granite sculpture by water

Maanjidowin: The Gathering

Artist: David M. General

Location: Dock wall overlooking the Western Gap

Commissioned by PortsToronto in recognition of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and their relationship to the land, air and water on which Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport now operates.

This large-scale granite and bronze sculpture features three mythical fishers – Makwa-Kwe (Bear), Nigig-Kwe (Otter) and Migizi-Kwe (Eagle) – who have come to the estuaries and islands along Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline to fish. The canoe in which the fishers sit is inscribed with words and symbols of significance to the Mississaugas of the Credit, including: The Medicine Wheel; the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which are guiding principles that provide the moral and cultural foundation of life; and poetry from the current Chief R. Stacey Laforme. As indicated by inscribed arm tattoos, the creatures are all female, as females played a central role as custodians of cultural traditions surrounding water.

The sculpture was created by David M. General, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan of the Six Nations, who is known for blending Indigenous and modernist styles and typically working with stone.

Learn more about Maanjidowin: The Gathering here.

Colourful quilt art piece

The Fabric of Our Being

Artists: Nadine Williams, Grade Four students at The Waterfront School

Location: Departures level of the passenger terminal

The Fabric of Our Being is a poetry and textile art installation celebrating and bringing awareness to the International Decade for People of African Descent, a United Nations initiative. It was conceptualized by poet, author and arts educator, Nadine Williams and her Collective and features designs by grade four students of the Waterfront School. The quilt is composed of the student’s artwork based on four criterions, An Amazing Black Canadian, Mother Tongue, Recognition, Development, Justice and the poem “The Fabric of Our Being”, and a border that is made of fabric representing various regions of Africa. 

black and white photography exhibit

Project T-Dot

Artist: Ajani Charles

Location: On the arrivals level of the passenger terminal

In Project T-Dot, photographer Ajani Charles celebrates Toronto’s diverse Hip-Hop culture and community. Project T-Dot features 60-large scale photographic panels, depicting candid images of Toronto’s most renowned Hip-Hop figures, such as Drake, The Weeknd, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black and Maestro Fresh Wes, among many others. Reflecting the diversity of the Hip-Hop subculture, the exhibit features members of the 2SLGBTQ+, Black, and Indigenous communities, women, youth from equity-deserving neighbourhoods, recent immigrants, and other marginalized groups.

red art installation at airport near a plane replica

Bloody Boats

Artist: Akshata Naik

Location: On the arrivals level of the passenger terminal

Commissioned by Nieuport Aviation as part of ArtworxTO, ‘Bloody Boats’ is an art installation about deconstructing and dismantling the symbol of the traumatic journey that immigrants experience. This piece is as dynamic as an immigrant’s journey. The journey of a settler is not only a physical transition, but also a cognitive and social transition that revolves around multiple socio-political narratives.  The repeated symbolic shape of a boat on a large scale resonates with the journey of an immigrant who moves for a better life, safe space, or a refugee whose displacement is the result of natural calamity or invasion.

indigenous artwork outside of airport on a sunny day

PowerON Charger

Artist: Roma Mare

Location: Mainland pavilion PowerON charger near the shuttle drop off

This artwork by Indigenous student artist, Roma Mare reflects the land’s history and its connection to the Indigenous community. The Eagle, prominently featured in this work, serves as the primary totem for the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, symbolizing its role as a messenger. The blue lines represent OPG’s 66 hydroelectric power plants across 24 river systems, representing that water is not just for hydration; it is sacred, alive, and possesses a spirit. The green line threading through the city represents the emissions-free electricity that powers modern life.

gallery of indigenous paintings

Bay of Spirits Contemporary First Nations Art Gallery

Artists: Brent Hardisty, Mark Seabrook, Kevin Pee-ace, Roy Thomas, Jay Bell Redbird, Isaac Bignell, and John Laford

Location: Departures level of the passenger terminal

This gallery brings together curated works from artists both local to the Greater Toronto Area and across Ontario, including Ojibway, Cree and Oji Cree peoples and it honours the Indigenous elders, leaders, artists and community members that have lived upon the lands the airport now operates on.

For more information on the artworks displayed, click here.

pillar in airport that is wrapped with indigenous art

Moccasin Identifier Pillars

Artist: Karly Cywink

Location: Departures level of the passenger terminal

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is the first airport in Canada to support and host a Moccasin Identifier. The Moccasin Identifier, is a First Nations-led initiative that aims to cover Canada in Moccasins so that all Canadians understand Indigenous relationship to land and what it means to be a Treaty partner.

Located in the departures area of the Passenger Terminal, are four unique Moccasin Identifier pillars featuring the moccasins of the Seneca, Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, and Cree nations. Each design is unique to the nation and groups that created them, reflecting the diversity of the ancestral cultures that existed before the first settlers arrived.