Willow Square was created by a group of Islanders to celebrate the Island’s story: its history, people and the natural world that has shaped it. A community-based initiative, it was sponsored by the Ward’s Island Recreation Association in partnership with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
The mosaics were inspired by the work of Maggy Howarth, a renowned pebble mosaic artist working in England and Europe. In the winter of 2010-11 over 50 Islanders and friends attended workshops at Artscape Gibraltar Point to learn Maggy’s mosaic techniques. The mosaics from these workshops form the wave-pattern border squares on the east area of the square.