This Sunday, something sculptural.
But first, about last week:
Last Sunday we really enjoyed our walk down to Queen’s Quay Boulevard, and eastward, to see Ice Breakers – five interesting design-firm sculptures/installations along the water intended to bring to mind the days of shipping on our lovely lake. Each of the pieces had its own charm, intrigue, or… mystery! See what we mean:
Julie at Ice Breakers: Winter Diamonds by Platant (a Danish design consultancy)
Veronika looks out on the chilly lake
In the little Queen’s Quay marshland, the city’s sweetest birdhouse
Veronika on the Wave Deck
Most of CN Tower is lost in high fog, but we easily spot Ice Breakers: “Tailored Twins” from across the road (by Ferris & Associates plus Tomek Chwieszczenik). Love that sidewalk brick pattern, too.
One of the Tailored Twins hands – made of plywood, and half-covered in beautiful reflecting gold, to capture sunlight.
Julie & Veronika inside Icebox by Polymetis
Julie inside the installation, maybe looking a bit perplexed? We’re at Ice Breakers and this is Icebox by Polymetis. The outside is shiny black. The mid-area (halls lead you to the centre) is dark insulation, and the inside is shiny white, funnelling into a little reflecting pool. Interesting…
The doorway in is at the right… enter if you dare! Julie and I are reflected in the shiny exterior panels.
Icebox is on the HTO Beach, so we look around a bit. Sailing ship. Misty downtown skyline. All good.
ice Breakers: Incognito by Curio Art Consultancy (Justin Ridgeway & Jaspal Riyait). This is a nifty piece – and very interesting without the snow they must have envisioned. Like… no snow at all! Definitely not living up to its name, on our visit. 🙂
Our last Ice Breakers stop: Canada Square Park, just east of Harbourfront Centre
The final Ice Breakers installation: Leeward Fleet by RAW (design/architectural studio) – in Canada Square Park beside Queen’s Quay Terminal
We’ve gotten into the occasional habit of going for coffee (or something!). Now, of course you know: when on Queen’s Quay, do as the Queen’s Quay folks, um… dogs… do! So, we went to Williams’ Café in PawsWay, and shared a little break with this adorable guy. And about eight other lovely canines. And two cats. Good times!
Julie headed east. Veronika and I headed west, through Little Norway Park – where we really enjoyed seeing this beautiful totem pole. This is The Dreamwork of Whales, designed by BC artist Georganna Malloff. It was carved by five young artists and other assisting carvers. And it’s very interesting. You can read a bit about it, here
. And much better photo, next time! This park includes a baseball diamond and several pieces of workout equipment.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Meet at the Y at 9:00. We’re going to the hospital!
Don’t panic, but I’ll be saying that again, in the near future. Because a number of our hospitals have very interesting architecture and art installations. The first one we visit will be Mount Sinai. The lobby includes a bright sculpture gallery, with many pieces, inside and out, of work by former Toronto resident, the late, much-lauded Sorel Etrog. If you live in TO, you’ve seen his work before. It’s good to see a bunch of it exhibited together. Rough metal, painted surfaces. Large, small. The contrasts, both obvious and subtle, are fascinating. I think you’ll enjoy it!
Just for fun, we’ll pass one or two of his large public sculptures, too.
This brief walk will take us past Kensington Market at least once, so if you have any shopping to do on the way home, what better chance?
Also. Please note that the weather seems to be cooling again.
Definitely a return of seasonal temperatures.
Maybe: long johns, heavy socks, gloves, mitts. (Better warm than not!)
COMING RIGHT UP:
Other interesting outdoor and indoor installations. Perhaps an evening Light Fest adventure at the Distillery District. A great Asian New Year celebration of some kind Maybe a culinary festivity?
Don’t forget: you can always bring a friend or two along on any of these walks! Just make sure they have an idea of what is involved. Forwarding this newsletter to them could help them prepare for a morning of walking fun.
See you soon!
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