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The Brain Project installation at Harbourfront has been removed following an act of vandalism and theft


TORONTO, Wedensday, May 31, 2023The Brain Project installation at the Simcoe WaveDeck and Rees WaveDeck at Harbourfront has been removed after the vandalism and theft of two of the art pieces on display, Baycrest announced today. 

The Brain Project is a city-wide art exhibit designed to support Baycrest in its mission to defeat dementia. Installations placed around Toronto feature brain sculptures and bike and hockey helmets designed by painters, sculptors, musicians, creative artists and thinkers – all intended to inspire conversations around the importance of brain health. All sculptures will also be available for sale, helping raise funds for Baycrest.

Sometime around Tuesday, May 23, 2023, two art pieces included in the project were stolen when their protective casing was intentionally damaged. The remaining pieces that were on display at this location have been removed in order to preserve them.

“This is a devastating blow to one of our signature programs,” said Josh Cooper, President and CEO of the Baycrest Foundation. “Brain health and dementia research have never been more critical topics, and this theft has the potential to take much-needed momentum and funding away from our work. I hope all Torontonians will remain focused on the critical need to better understand brain health – and that they’ll make a special effort to come out to Nathan Phillips Square to see the remaining brains.” 

The Brain Project’s second installation location, at Nathan Phillips Square, will remain until June 9. In July, the installations and additional pieces will move to a new series of locations, including Yorkville Park, Yonge & St. Clair, Shops at Don Mills and others. 

For more information on The Brain Project, visit www.brainproject.ca.

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