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David Partridge

David Partridge was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1919, and studied geology, paleontology and art at the University of Toronto. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1941, he joined the RCAF and became a flying instructor until the end of the war. After the war, Partridge taught at Ridley College in St. Catherines, while continuing his art studies at such places as the Art Students League in New York. A British Council Scholarship took him to the Slade School of Art in London, England, after which he returned to Canada and teaching.

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David Partridge

"Metropolis" is meant to symbolize a big city, but not one in particular. It was installed in Toronto's City Hall rotunda in 1977 and is a permanent piece of artwork. 100,000 common nails to create Metropolis and David Partridge hammered for seven to nine hours a day over a period of four months.David Partridge's "nailies" can be viewed in a number of other public buildings across Canada.

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