Daedalus and Icarus
Du Pont Canada
In 1987, Du Pont Canada commissioned artist William McElcheran to create a monumental sculpture of Daedalus and Icarus for their corporate headquarters. In 2019, the sculpture was gifted to the Canadian Opera Company and is now displayed in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada.
Photograph by Chris McElcheran
Atrium on Bay
A new office building, Atrium on Bay, was completed in 1981 in downtown Toronto. William McElcheran created the terra cotta relief sculpture that lines the passageway connecting Atrium on Bay to the subway entrance on the northeast corner of Dundas St and Yonge St. McElcheran conceived of the subway stop, in central Toronto, as being a cross section of Toronto and an opportunity to sculpt and celebrate the increasing diversity of Toronto’s population.
This monumental marble relief sculpture was created for the lobby of WaterPark Place (Phase 1) at 20 Bay St in Toronto. It was commissioned by Campeau Corporation, the developer of WaterPark Place (Phase 1) and it depicts a man looking southwards towards Lake Ontario, connecting the building to the nearby waterscape. The relief stands at over 7.62 meters (25 feet) in height and much of it was carved directly by William McElcheran.
Commissioned By Guelph Italian Community
In 1985, William McElcheran created the bronze fountain, known as "The Family" and it was installed in St. George's Square in downtown Guelph, Ontario. The sculpture depicts a father and mother with their infant reaching lyrically upwards to the sky - the concept of continuing life.
University of Toronto
The bronze relief sculpture, created by William McElcheran, was unveiled in 1973 and stands in front of the John M. Kelly library at St. Michael's College, part of the University of Toronto. From the street, one sees a crowd of people in competition and striving for something. The side facing the entrance of the library is composed of historical figures facing the library and engaged in conversation.
Joseph and Mary
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
William McElcheran carved the marble sculpture of "Joseph and Mary" in 1980. It was done while he was living in Pietrasanta, Italy, the marble carving capital of the world. In addition to wanting to convey the religious meaning of sculpture, McElcheran wanted to depict the strong musculature of Joseph, a carpenter, with a nod to the many Renaissance artists who had also found beauty in the human form.