Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This bronze sculpture installed in 1969, by Dale Heinzerling and the students of the Rochdale Sculpture shop, is located on Bloor St near U of Toronto in front of what had been a great experiment in student-run alternative education and co-op living - Rochdale. Housed in a brand new 18 storey building, 840 students were to pursue knowledge in a free environment. Unfortunately, the idealism of the 60s lost out to the drug culture and within a couple of years Rochdale was one of the largest drug-distribution centres in N America! It finally closed in 1975 after many famous raids by the police and the building is a seniors apartment complex now - perfect for the same people who first lived there!