Campus Art


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Connect is a powerful sculpture representing the many disciplines being studied at Durham College (DC) and Ontario Tech University. It symbolizes the connection between business, industry, government, technology, education and the college and university, as well as the many partnerships the shared campus has established with the community. Its segments are joined together to form a whole, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. It is also a symbol of the cycle of life and continuous learning. It stands as a monument to the dynamic ideas embodied by DC and Ontario Tech.

Artist: Edward Falkenberg
Medium: Stainless Steel
Location: At the bus loop of the main entrance to Durham College.




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Diversity embodies the richness of qualities and characteristics present in a modern multicultural campus. A grouping of life-sized bronze sculptures, these figurative sculptures are universal human forms in shape, size, race and creed. Their attitude would be characterized as both positive and thoughtful. The placement of the works imply the kind of relationships and interactions students and faculty have when acknowledging one another as they travel across campus. The nature of the bronze work, derived from woven willow, creates an illusion of implied movement to passers as light plays through the back and front.

Artist: Dawn MacNutt
Medium: Bronze
Installation date: October 26, 2006
Location: Near the entrance to the Justice Wing



Dr. Gary Polonsky

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Bust of Dr. Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College (1988 – 2006). Founding president of Ontario Tech (2001 – 2006).

Location: The Campus Library Study Hall.



Gate to the Future

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Donated by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life and dedicated on April 18, 2013. Gate to the Future aims to be a visual reference and focal point at the Oshawa campus. The sculpture embodies the harmonious relationship between art and technology, form and function.

The visual signal is composed of several design elements:

  • Archway – symbolizes the gate to the future
  • Central Vertical Cupola – means transformation
  • External Cupola – represents the radiance of research towards knowledge

The sculpture’s east/west orientation provides the best reflection of sunlight from the Central Vertical Cupola. The view to the east offers a panoramic view of the campus and all achievements to date, while the western view of undeveloped land symbolizes the potential for future growth.

Artist: Andre Fournelle
Installed: April 18, 2013 (dedicated)
Medium: The structure is made of half-inch thick Corten steel and stands 28 feet high and 18 feet wide.
Location: Between the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre and Ontario Tech’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.



Medicine Wheel

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The Medicine Wheel is an important teaching and learning tool in some First Nations cultures. While the teachings surrounding the Medicine Wheel vary from Nation to Nation, it teaches about life and that we are all connected. It is about how to live in harmony with all creation.

This Medicine Wheel was created and installed in consultation with the First Peoples Indigenous Centre at Durham College and the Aboriginal Resource Centre at Ontario Tech.

Location: Bus loop.




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Location: Corner of Avenue of Champions. 



The Compass

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Artist: Darlene Bolahood (formerly Lazdins)
Location: Just outside the east entrance to the South Wing of the Gordon Willey building, near the bus loop.



The Moose

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Artist: Charles Pachter
Location: In front of South Village Residence

The Portal

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Location: South of the South Village Residence next to the hiking trail.




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Location:South-east corner of Ontario Tech’s Business & IT building.