Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alchemy at U of Toronto


On 2 of the sides of the Lash Miller Chemistry Laboratories at U of T they have installed these 17th century alchemy symbols for substances such as mercury and camphor - somehow quite suitable for a chemistry building. Since the buildings construction in 1963 these symbols have also provided a nice location for numerous bird nests which you can see poking out from behind the pieces!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. To see more signs click here.

15 comments:

VioletSky said...

these signs make great addresses for the birds!

Lesley said...

that is a nice way to decorate the wall. pity I have no idea which symbol means what!

LĂșcia said...

That's very unexpected, love the symbols (Canadians are so creative!), specially after seeing the little sweet bird. ;-)

Lynette Killam said...

A charming photo...love the slanting shadows and the fact that birds have turned the letters into condos...:)

Clytie said...

I agree - perfect for a chemistry building! And I probably would have missed the darling bird nests if you hadn't pointed them out!!! Love the condo concept!

ewok1993 said...

oh this is very neat. an educational tool as well as a photobloggers delight.

Postcardy said...

I'm glad you pointed out the bird nests.

EG Wow said...

Very cool, Red Pat. Now you've got me wondering what the various symbols mean.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How great is this Pat -- we get the interesting signs and birds nests too! Love it.

Joy said...

The old alchemists were fascinating, what an inventive use of the symbols. Clever birds.

Inger-M said...

Lucky birds, just move in and start decorating! Love the signs!

Genie said...

I love all of this on the Chem building. Very unique...one of a kind. Like this post so much.

Jack said...

I love the chemical symbols (and the bird nests!).

J Bar said...

Very intersting signs.
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Linda said...

The birds nests just make this shot!