Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Notre Place"

This installation, titled Notre Place, was completed in 2018 on the U of Toronto campus across the road from Queen's Park which is the seat of our provincial legislature. The gathering space with reflective pillars engraved with fleur de lis is meant to pay tribute to Ontario's Francophonie. And as you can see it also provides seating for students and passersby.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Being Watched

It is a busy time of year for squirrels with lots of supplies needing to be gathered and hidden away for winter. This black squirrel was hunting around in the grass while at the same time keeping an eye on me.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Blast From The Past

I spotted these old roller skates in a display case at the Bata Shoe Museum. It is pretty weird to see something from your childhood on display in a glass case! My main memory of these things was the key used to tighten them to your sneakers which you kept needing to use as they loosened and fell off giving you skinned shins! It was still great fun though.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mary Pickford

This sculpture of Mary Pickford stands beside yesterday's historical plaque about her. It was done in 1983 by artist Eino Gira and now sits in front of Sick Kids Hospital on University Ave near where she was born.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sweetheart

This the typical sign that our province puts up to mark historical sights. I spotted this one on University Ave near where Mary Pickford was born in 1893. She became a famous actress known as "America's Sweetheart" despite being a Canadian. The houses are long gone from this area which is now a site for several major hospitals.  
Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dr Norman Bethune

This sculpture of Dr Norman Bethune is found outside of the Medical Science building at U of Toronto and is inspired by his legacy of bringing modern medicine to rural China many  years ago. The artist for this sculpture is David Pellettier and there are many sculpture of Bethune throughout China. You can read a bit more information HERE.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Urban Skyline

It is starting to feel as if a majority of our utility boxes are decorated with murals. I particularly like the graphic style of the skyline painted on this one found in the Annex neighbourhood. I think the artist is Moodini.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.