Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekend Green

Weekend Green

July 2016 /2017- Toronto ON

Toronto City Hall - a different view.

Approximately 3,250 m2 (35,000 square feet) of concrete on the podium roof has been transformed into living vegetation to reduce the building’s environmental impact and for residents and visitors to enjoy all year around.

Landscaped gardens, courtyards, terraces, furniture and walkways provide unique views of downtown from this urban oasis in the heart of the city.


It is the city’s largest publicly accessible green roof!

Friday Finds

Starts with D
3. photographer's choice

The first will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second and third will be different each time.
Hosted by Friday Finds and this is V4 or round 4!!!

Also playing along at ABC Wednesday

Eh to Zed

For this round of the alphabet I am going to celebrate Canada's 150 birthday by showcasing towns across the county.
I'm starting the Maritimes since there seems to be a multitude of small picturesque towns.

This week's letter is
Digby Nova Scotia

Digby, with a population of 2,152, overlooks the picturesque Annapolis Basin. The main industries of the area are fishing and tourism.

The Town of Digby has been an active fishing community throughout the years and is famous for the delicious scallops harvested from our local waters.

FAVOURITE - finding this.

PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHOICE finding this building on the left.

Weekend Reflections

Click to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.

Posting at Weekend Reflections.

January 2017 - Orlando FL

Click here to visit the Albin Polasek Sculpture Garden and here to visit the chapel.

Good Random Fun

July 2017 - Toronto ON

Storefront in Yorkville.

Food truck on Front St.

Sculpture in 401 Richmond gallery

Linking up:
The Good The Random The Fun

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sculptures - Union Station

July 2017 - Toronto ON

I've mentioned I've become obsessed with Toronto Sculpture since I bought the book Creating Memory.

I already had photos of some pieces and I am actively seeking out other works as I wander.

These are in the Union Station area, around Front St. and between York and Bay.

In front of Union right on Front and  often referred to as “Symbol of Multiculturalism”, “Monument to Multiculturalism” by Francesco Perilli,was unveiled on July 1st, 1985.

About the statue itself, Perilli writes:
“I conceived the monument to be cast in bronze, and, stylistically, in a postmodern vein. It represents a man who, at the center of the globe, joins two meridians; while the remaining meridians are held aloft by doves, a peace symbol in themselves. Moreover, the doves are symbolically meant to represent the cultural vitality of the people who, with the man, construct a new world, under the banner of dialogue and mutual respect.

A part of the inscription on the side of the statue reads “This monument, a tribute to multiculturalism, was presented to the city of Toronto on the occasion of its sesquicentennial by the national congress of Italian Canadians on behalf of the Italian Canadian Community.”

Also close by is the Union Station clock with letters spelling Union Station replacing the numbers.

I'm behind Union Station, on Bremner St. for the next two.

You can't miss this one!

The three-column steel sculpture Search Light, Star Light, Spot Light, is inspired by a quote from author Louis Untermeyer, (1885-1977): “God, if you wish for our love, Fling us a handful of stars.”

On December 16, 1998 the conical work titled Search Light, Star Light, Spot Light was unveiled at Air Canada Centre. The artist is John McEwen, sculptor of the steel.

The surface of each column has been extensively perforated with holes in the shape of five-pointed stars that glow when lit from within like celestial search beacons in the night. The effect is most immediately associated with the search beams that call attention to entertainment spectacles such as those that take place in the adjacent Air Canada Centre. Further, the telescopic shape of the columns and the starry lights suggest a connection between the earth and sky; between the infinite cosmos and the depth of the human imagination.

A fw feet away is the next one.
Air Canada Centre or ACC is where the Raptors play basketball and the Maple Leafs play hockey.

I've shown this one often in other contexts.

Known as Legends' Row it reminds fans of the glory days of the Maple Leafs.

Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin, Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton
Four more will be joining them this year. Wendel Clark, Frank Mahovlich, Red Kelly and Charlie Conacher then the bench will be full.

Sticking with ACC and hockey I found Wins Losses Ties.

I found the plaque last week and was puzzled where the sculpture was. I should have googled it then and there, but the space was empty so I never thought to look up or for that matter, down!!!

Not being a hockey fan, I know, so unCanadian!! I never thought about the fact that that banners and pennants are hung from the rafters of sports arenas.

When I went back and looked up (thank you Google) in front of 40 Bay Street, you will see dozens of stainless steel pipes hanging down. It looks like a pipe organ! Hey, and they used to be played at hockey games, too!!!

The pipes are of different lengths, from very short to very long. There are three rows of pipes in each of the seven separate sections.

Micah Lexier, 1999
Wins/Losses/Ties is specifically linked to its site at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club, and is a tribute to their previous home, Maple Leaf Gardens, as well as their enduring legacy.

The work consists of a group of 201 hanging stainless steel columns and seven inlaid granite sidewalk panels. In keeping with the spirit of this artist’s usual approach, the formal characteristics of these elements are determined by statistical information. In this case three steel columns depicting their record of wins, losses and ties represent the 67 seasons played at Maple Leaf Gardens. The columns are grouped by decade and extend downward for a length proportional to the related statistic, which is noted on the bottom of each column.

 The sidewalk panels record additional information such as the years that the Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

The inlaid sidewalk panels are very hard to read, in fact, I almost missed them as well.

Been There, Drank That

July 2017 - Toronto ON

I discovered Jimmy's Coffee Shop has six locations around Toronto and so far I have discovered that at least two have murals with images of Jimmy's. There is also a mural on the side of the Queen St. West location but I haven't figured a Jimmy connection.

From Jimmy's website:
Jimmy's Coffee first opened its doors on December 10th, 2009. The idea came to life thanks to serial entrepreneur, Phil Morrison. Phil? You mean his name isn't Jimmy? Then who is Jimmy? The elusive Jimmy doesn’t exist as a singular person—we love all Jimmies! James Dean, Jimmy Hoffa, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Carter, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Durante, your friend Jimmy, my friend Jimmy, or maybe even your dad Jimmy.

Jimmy’s Coffee on Gerrard St. West has plenty of studying space, spread over three floors. Tip! The third floor doubles as a boardroom rental space). For all you dog owners, don’t forget about the shop’s walk-up window in the back, so you don’t have to leave your pup outside alone!

So I now have a mission to visit all six shops.

We stopped into their third location on Gerrard St. last week. 

Jimmy Mount Rushmore

Hendrix, Page, Buffett and Morrison.

Another Jimmy on the back wall done by the same artist.


July 2017 - Toronto ON

Last summer I had followed The TELUS Health Brain Project.

Toronto is gearing up for a second year of raising awareness with over 100 new one-of-a-kind brain creations by local and international artists with a focus on bolder designs in their medium of choice.

I have taken the descriptions from the Telus website.

Total by visit
Jogging Memories - Union Station   Total 9
Penny for your Thoughts - FCP        Total 5
Sony Centre for the Arts                   Total 1
Lost in Thought - City Hall               Total 15
Thoughtless - Yorkville                     Total 3
City Hall                                            Total 4

2017 TOTAL TO DATE - 37

Yorkville Brains

Bloom Within
“Bloom Within” is a rich, textural, stained-glass, woven mosaic created with more than 12,000 tiny hand-cut pieces. Coral reefs, ecosystems, lush gardens, the flora and the fauna are the inspirations for this sculpture. They are very fragile and diverse, like our own brains. We must nurture and care for our inner garden. It is all about loving yourself from the inside out!

Rings of Memory
Artist Ben Sellick’s concept is based on tree rings, which are natural records of growth and change over time. The rings are visual reminders to times passed. No set of tree rings is the same as another, just as no people or sets of memories are the same. We can be similar and have shared experiences, but we are all unique unto ourselves. We all have our own individual stories. Memories are our sacred portals to our own personal histories.

Although the process of painting the brain was intuitive and the resulting imagery was abstract, the paint began to take on the visual characteristics of neurons. Each spot of paint became a soma and each drip formed axons and dendrites. Despite popular belief, creativity does not originate from one side of the brain, but utilizes many different regions working together as a team. Somata is an artistic interpretation of the mapping of the creative brain.

More City Hall

Gina Godfrey’s work is often characterized by the eyes. In this case, she was thinking of something like the female in Avatar or Finding Dory, both iconic characters where the eyes are the focal point and have shades of blue and yellow. With that as her base, Godfrey used skill and imagination to create “Luminescent,” named for its glowing quality. The piece should be appreciated purely for its beauty and emotional power. It is a fictional treatment of the human brain meant purely for art’s sake.

Brain Scan
PET, MRI and CT scans can use colour and shades to help detect brain activity to help us understand conditions we all might have. In PET scans, red stimulates high activity and cool colours show low activity.

Feel What You See

Feel what you see. Feel what you feel.

Jelly Beans
Artist Peter Triantos chose the 'Jelly Beans' series because of its simplicity. The colours represent positive vibrant energy, and Triantos believes that the Brain Project represents this same kind of energy as artists come together in support of a great cause.