Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lucky Moose

In 2000, more than 300 moose sculptures were decorated by different artists and they roamed all over the city. Unfortunately the antlers were relatively easy to remove and most of the moose lost their  antlers shortly after the sculptures appeared. You can still find the moose scattered about but very few have the antlers like this lucky moose found up above the storefront of the "Lucky Moose Food Mart" in one of our Chinatowns, this one located on Dundas St W.  This lucky moose is decorated with gold coins, the yin & yang symbols, and the chinese word for luck written upside down to signify that the luck has already arrived! 
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26 comments:

Sharon said...

That must have been the last time I was in Toronto because I remember seeing the moose all over town.

Randy said...

That is one colorful moose.

TexWisGirl said...

i like those city animal motif efforts. sad that the antlers were destroyed on these.

Karen said...

Cool how the Canadian and Chinese culture have been blended in the sign.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

He' s already had a bit of luck Pat.. lucky to keep his antlers :)

Bill Nicholls said...

Love it and lucky moose indeed to keep it's antlers, seems Toronto is no different to the Uk in the respect of stealing things.

Marleen said...

Very neat, I have never seen anything like that.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Very cool! Too bad about the antlers, though.

~Lindy

Kay L. Davies said...

The moose's "superior" location would seem to have been instrumental in keeping its antlers intact.
Interesting photo. I love Chinese restaurants that look like Chinese restaurants!
K

genie said...

first we had cows, then snails, and now moose. This one has to be the cutest. Very festive and colorful.

Pat said...

How sad that people would steal the antlers! Correct me if I am wrong, but I think this whole idea of a number of decorated sculptures, be it moose, pigs, snails, etc., originated in Chicago with the cow statues everywhere. This moose looks great up high! He IS lucky to keep his antlers!

Sue St Clair said...

The lucky moose looks ready to party!

VioletSky said...

He is a fine specimen. I remember driving around looking for all these moose and being saddened when seeing one that been desecrated.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've seen painted ducks in Eugene Oregon, horses in Louisville KY, cows somewhere, I forget...but never moose. Looks like this one was lucky to be put up high.

Taken For Granted said...

Humerus name for a food store, but great moose. Good find.

LĂșcia said...

Cool and funny moose! ;-)

Deb said...

Great Moose! Bristol did a similar thing this year with 70+ Grommets around the city.

Weekend-Windup said...

Moose decorated beautifully..

Gemma Wiseman said...

The moose is a wonderful sideline attraction to the sign. So colourful and jaunty.

Note: It seems you are quite right as to why my Rustic Dreames sign has the odd spelling. This business does stock Eames designs. Thank you for the info.

Lowell said...

How funny. And strange. Lucky Moose Food Mart has go to be unique! We have horses all over Ocala and one day "they" put up a horse in the downtown square with real quarters all over it - signifying, I guess, a "quarter" horse. Well, the quarters didn't last long and neither did the horse.

EG CameraGirl said...

Maybe all of the moose sculptures ought to have been places way up high to avoid vandals. Smart owners!

Mike Biles said...

Europe went through a phase of showcasing full-size coloured cows; I think mouses (or mice?) look much better!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

He was truly luck. Love his paint job.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I like the beard, it adds an unusual twist. I love stuff like this :-)

Andy said...

I've been wondering what happen to all of these moose. There's two more at 120 Bellevue Avenue.

Laura. M said...

Great way to advertise :))