Holt Renfrew Shoe Trees

Holt Renfrew Shoe Trees from the Side

Client Holt Renfrew approached Great Lakes Scenic Studios about developing a new front window display for their flagship men’s retail store at 50 Bloor Street in Toronto. Starting from some reference imagery, the idea was to use cedar shoe trees, 250 of them to be exact, to create a suspended sculpture. Great Lakes developed the idea from the imagery into a large static window display. Planning out and then executing the build required an artistic aesthetic. Each shoe tree was clear coated in one of three different tones to lend visual texture. Each shoe tree was rigged to create a fresh and organic finished work.

Holt Trees


Echo Two Stainless Steel Sculpture by artist Tim Forbes


Fabrication Highlights:

• Stainless steel construction
• Hand-tooled to achieve desired finish
* Pointed-up from maquette

Tim Forbes’ latest work in his Echo series of stainless steel sculpture entitled “Echo Two” lords majestically against the backdrop of the city.  Sitting atop a waist-high plinth, the 36-inch sculpture engages the observer to interact on a personal level.

Read more: Echo Two Stainless Steel Sculpture by artist Tim Forbes

People - Stainless Steel Sculpture designed by JPRA Architects

Stainless Steel Sculpture

Fabrication Highlights:

• 16 foot tall sculpture
• Made of hand buffed 3/16 inch stainless steel
• 9 rows of people totalling 220 figures

As you walk through the newly expanded Vaughan Mills Mall, one of the most striking new additions is the
16 foot high stainless steel sculpture with hundreds of people cut-outs stacked in 9 layers on concentric rings that in turn sit on a stainless steel base.

Read more: People - Stainless Steel Sculpture designed by JPRA Architects

Artist Peter Powning's Fantasm Sculpture at the Bell Tiff Lightbox

Artist Peter Powning's Fantasm Bronze Video Wall at the Bell TIFF Lightbox

Fabrication Highlights:

• Integrated video wall • Installation by Great Lakes Scenic Studios
• Permanent public art piece  

Peter Powning's Fantasm as seen above is an eye catching piece of public art located in Toronto's Bell TIFF Lightbox. The piece, made of cast bronze and slumped glass with a background video playing through the glass. Great Lakes Scenic Studios worked with the artist, fabricating the lighting and electrical and handling the installation.

To learn more about artist Peter Powning, visit him at: http://www.powning.com/. If you would like more information about this project, or would like to discuss you next build, connect with us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


In the News:

Holt Renfrew Square One Nail Bar

HR Nail Polish Bottle

We had the pleasure of parterning again with our long time client Holt Renfrew to produce massive oversized nail polish bottles for the grand opening of their newest store in Square One. Each piece was hand carved from styrofoam and finished in Holt Renfrew's glossy trademark magenta. Thia unit was over 7' tall by 4' wide and was showcased in their main atrium. When a client calls with a seemingly impossible request, we find a way to make it happen!