TORONTO — Some luxury hotels in Canada are placing an importance on displaying fine art for guests, according to a Globe and Mail report.

Toronto’s Shangri-La displays the sculpture Rising by Zhang Huan. “We wanted it to be as abstract as possible so that it becomes an attraction site for people, and we want people to always wonder what it is,” hotel curator, Maggie Wang told The Globe’s Sarah Hampson. The hotel also displays a new type of art form called “Hanshu” with pieces by Wang Xuyuan placed in the lobby, hotel rooms and hallways.

Many hotels work with art galleries to borrow pieces, while others offer them for sale. “When business travellers come to a city, they have two nights to spend there, and most of the days are taken up with meetings. So do they really have time to go out and explore? The hotel art is a reflection of the city,” Olga Evstifeeva, Hotel and Resort Studio Lead, Mackay Wong Strategic Design, told The Globe. []

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