Humanity art structure installed in Terminal 1

We are honoured to share that today, Terminal 1 will be getting a very unique and meaningful piece of art installed, named Humanity. It will be on display until May 31. The inspiration behind Humanity came to Masai Ujiri, founder of Giants of Africa and Vice-Chairman and President of the Toronto Raptors, from Nelson Mandela’s legacy of fighting for equality. Representing peace, togetherness, youth and diversity, the artwork uses light to create a ripple effect with its words, symbolizing the need to spread more humanity. It is driven by a vision to come together as one people—without bias, prejudice and injustice. “I wanted to put a symbol up to remind people that we should think of others and we should be kind to others all the time,” said Ujiri of the one-of-a-kind piece.

Here at Pearson, we believe that if there is one place that should be a true reflection of diversity and inclusion, it must be an airport. Our business, after all, is to connect people and cultures from all over the world—this is the essence of Toronto Pearson.

Our airport is one that connects Canada to the world and brings the world to our country’s doorstep—a physical space that represents the diverse beliefs, opinions and perspectives that make Canada a great nation. And even as we serve passengers from all over the world and all walks of life, we are also an integral part of the communities we serve—this means being a role model for acceptance, tolerance and kindness to every individual, no matter their race, faith, ability or gender identity. Every person that passes through the airport—our employees and our passengers alike—should feel that their breadth of human experience is valued. The installation of Humanity in our terminal is symbolic of this philosophy.

You might have seen the art structure on display at its two previous locations in downtown Toronto at Maple Leaf Square and in front of Union Station. The 8-foot-high steel structure, lit up from the inside, is made up of 35 words that reflect what humanity means to Masai Ujiri. It acts as a reminder to all that we still have great work to do to reach the day where everyone is treated equally.

If you happen to be in Terminal 1 in the near future, be sure to stop by Level 3, Aisle 1 to admire the piece of art.

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