North Toronto Collegiate Institute student 1945–50
A: “What’s Your Name?” is a four-metre stainless steel public art installation by Ilan Sandler. The massive sheets in the work are covered in both typed names and signatures.
The typed names are the first names of every student who attended the old school between 1912 and 2010. The 2,053 first names are only written once in the order in which they appear in the school records.
The signatures are those of current students and alumni.
On his website Sandler explains the work this way: “ ‘What’s your name?’ is often the first question we ask someone, and by answering we announce ourselves to each other and to the world.
You can even find “Arleigh” on the statue.