Friday, April 30, 2010
I love the look of Corten steel especially in the sunshine! This pic shows part of the addition to Max Gluskin House, the home of the economics dep't at U of Toronto. The addition, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, connects the original Victorian house and the Georgian Revival building of the dep't. You can see off to the right a bit of the wonderful courtyard created by the addition.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Just a bit south on Spadina from the dog and rooster sculptures, is this wonderful bronze milk bottle. This area is close to the first dairy in TO (City Dairy) and the sculpture always reminds me of the Monopoly game piece. Everyone always wants the milk bottle in Monopoly!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This little guy (or girl) is the other sculpture at Sussex St. It is a Sussex Spaniel (also an English breed) and I love that someone (Stephen Cruise again) made a dog sculpture. Very charming!
Monday, April 26, 2010
This is a close-up of 1 of the sculptures from yesterday. It is located at Spadina and Sussex St and represents a Sussex Rooster (an English breed). These sculptures were done by Stephen Cruise and are quite cheerful to see when you are stuck in rush hour traffic.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The TTC awarded several art commissions for along the Spadina streetcar line. This pic shows 2 from a sculpture colonnade mounted on 20' high poles positioned at intervals on the median down the centre of Spadina. The various images reference the communities, institutions and cultures that Spadina passes through downtown.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This is 1 of our streetcars (operated by TTC- Toronto Transit Commission) which runs along Spadina Ave. In the pic, it is passing by 1 Spadina Cres which is located in a roundabout situated in the middle of Spadina just N of College St. This Gothic Revival building was built in 1875 and is now occupied by the Fine Arts Dept of U of T.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Continuing the library stream - here is a shot of a wonderful owl which is on the wall of the library over to the right side (not visible in yesterday's post). Good to know the library is so well protected.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This is a shot of the entire library shown in yesterday's post. It is an example of postmodern architecture that works well. As well as its children's collection, it also contains a large science fiction collection.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The entrance to the Lillian H Smith Library is well protected by 2 gorgeous creatures. The library was designed by architect Phillip H Carter and opened in 1995. It is renowned for its collection of early children's literature but also houses other types of books and media.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The CN tower looked pretty cool when viewed from a few miles north from the middle of the U of T campus. There is a lot of construction going on downtown so I'm not sure what the cranes are working on in this pic.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Went to Koreatown this morning for delicious walnut cakes. They come filled with 3 varieties - red bean with almond or walnut, and mashed potatoes with walnut. One of the coolest things is the machine that makes them - a little assembly line at the front of the store that fills little molds (except for the nuts which are dropped in by human hands) and then plops the cakes into the oil for baking - fascinating! They arrive at the cash register hot!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
One of the more unusual sites in town is this white elephant which dominates a tiny front yard on a quiet residential street. It stands over 6' high and has been in place for several years now. Supposedly it had been an art school project before finding its present home.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Robarts, known locally as 'Fort Book', is the main humanities and social science library at U of T. Completed in 1973, it is 1 of the most significant examples of "brutalist" architecture in North America, and has one of its largest collections of books. The architects were Mathers & Haldenby Architects in consultation with Warner Burns Toan & Lunde ( New York ).
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Graduate House residence was completed in 2000 after much debate and resistance from local neighbours some of whom still complain about the look of it. Its strong deconstructionist style, and particularly the sign ending in the hanging O, forms the western entrance to the University of Toronto downtown campus. Designed by American Thom Mayne working in conjunction with TO architect Stephen Teeple, it gets a lot of attention.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The spectacular titanium & glass clad south extension of the Art Gallery houses the "Centre for Contemporary Art". This pic was taken from Grange park and the older building is the "Grange" which was built in 1817 as a country estate. It is now in the centre of the city and is owned by the AGO and has been totally restored.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The AGO redesign is Toronto-born Frank Gehry's 1st building in Canada - he actually grew up just a couple of blocks away. The front features a curved glass and Douglas fir facade which encloses a large sculpture promenade.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This Henry Moore sculpture, "Two Large Forms", leads the way to the entrance of the AGO which is known for its huge collection of Henry Moore works. These number over 9oo sculptures and works on paper all displayed in the "Henry Moore Sculpture Centre".
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Sharp Centre for Design is an addition completed in 2004. The addition straddles the existing building atop brightly coloured 26 meter tall columns and was the first building completed in North America by English architect Will Alsop.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
This museum was built by the Bata family to house their collection of shoes which now numbers over 12,500 shoes spanning 4,500 years of history. It is surprisingly interesting to tour the collection and to explore the wonderful building which was designed by Raymond Moriyama and is said to reference a shoe box partially open.