Queen St Viaduct over the Don River – 1974 & 2020

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The Riverside Bridge on Queen St E over the Don River was built in 1911 and was once known as the Queen Street Viaduct. The plain truss-style steel bridge was the gateway to the east side of Toronto, where many industrial businesses like factories and brickyards existed.

In the mid-1990s, the Riverside BIA held a public art contest. Eldon Garnet was one of the artists who won, and he contributed the now iconic art/phrase on top of the bridge, greeting everyone with “This River I Step In Is Not The River I Stand In.” The art refers to the notion of the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus that you cannot step in the same river twice since it’s in constant movement.

The Riverside Bridge on Queen St E over the Don River was built in 1911 and was once known as the Queen Street Viaduct. The plain truss-style steel bridge was the gateway to the east side of Toronto, where many industrial businesses like factories and brickyards existed. 

In the mid-1990s, the Riverside BIA held a public art contest. Eldon Garnet was one of the artists who won, and he contributed the now iconic art/phrase on top of the bridge, greeting everyone with “This River I Step In Is Not The River I Stand In.” The art refers to the notion of the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus that you cannot step in the same river twice since it's in constant movement.
October 3, 1974/2020 – The Riverside Bridge on Queen St E over the Don River was built in 1911 and was once known as the Queen Street Viaduct (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 9, Item 4)
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