Friday, July 21, 2017

Sculpture - Front St area

Since I've developed an addiction to my book Creating Memory I have learned more about sculptures I may have shown randomly on my weekly recaps. Now that I know more about them I am featuring them again along with some new ones in the same area.

I first posted this in my Canada Day 2017 post without knowing anything other than I had seen it in the CBC building on Front St. West.

Passage - Serge Dery, 2002 commissioned by the CBC

Outside the CBC sits Glenn Gould, not matter what the weather.

Glenn Herbert Gould (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

Commissioned in 1998 by The Glenn Gould Foundation Artist Ruth Abernethy

Probably too warm in his trademarked hat, gloves, scarf, and rubber toe boots on a summer's day.

On the same block is the sculpture 100 Workers which I showcased in the highlighted link.
The second part of the monument, The Anonymity of Prevention, is a bronze sculpture of a worker wearing full safey gear, appearing to chisel into the wall of 100 Workers. This sculpture was done by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler.

On Wellington, one block north of the CBC is Metro Hall and this sculpture.
This is an odd sculpture and people often refer to the bunny dogs!

Remembered Sustenance, as it’s called, was created by artist Cynthia Short, and is made up of 19 bronze animals. Some of the animals seem to be walking towards a bronze dish, which sits below a curtain with bronze birds perched on top of it. Others are walking away from it.

Inside Metro Hall is a favourite of mine which I've featured several times.
One Word Sunday - Inclined
Friday Finds - Letter V


Consists of 25 custom-made aluminum ladders of various heights. The rungs of each ladder consist of different words that have been waterjet-cut out of a bar of aluminum. Each of the 350 separate rungs is a word selected from the "Synopsis of Categories" section of Roget's Thesaurus. The work merges an image of physical construction (ladders) with the elements of intellectual construction (words).

1 comment:

  1. Ruth Abernethy really gets around. I like her work, including this one. There's a couple of hers here- the Oscar Petersen outside the NAC and the John McCrae at the Rideau Falls.

    There's an exhibit going on here at the moment that includes one installation paying tribute to Gould- a piano consisting of plants and flowers.


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