This week, just one mural. New and fun!
But first, about last week:
Winter Stations is now an annual habit. We’ve gone to The Beach to see these lifeguard-station-inspired installations since the beginning of the event, and they are always interesting. This year, we enjoyed looking and thinking… and wondering! There were smiles. And some head-scratching, too. Some works were a bit damaged, as always. It seems that no one quite understands the damage the lake winds can inflict. We also suspected that one piece was vandalized, which was rather sad. And one piece looked nifty but its actual function was no longer functioning! I wouldn’t call that vandalism, exactly. More like… too much use enjoyed!
Here is how Make Some Noise was supposed to sound. (IMPORTANT HINT! turn your volume down a bit, before hitting play! This is much louder than we expected! Of course… we heard… nothing! Alas.)
Still, kudos to all for the creative vision and sense of fun that these took. I definitely plan to go next year, too. As with a few things we’ve seen this year, I must say that I enjoy winter events with a bit of snow on the beach! (Sorry… not trying to provoke any March snowstorms! Just saying.)
We had a fun diner brunch at The Tulip, and then most of us continued walking. I made it almost all the way home, until I realized I needed to get on with my day! (Arrived home at 4:30, but I admit there was a trip to Bulk Barn in there!)
Have a look at our day:
Seneca, L, Liz, Ros and Barbara arrive at the beach on a breezy morn.
Delilah and her caregiver – who’s walkin’ who here? We had also met them on a previous visit to Winter Stations!
This piece of tangled driftwood has fooled me before: egad, from a distance, it looks like a washed-in dead horse (awful!!!). Up closer, it’s quite beautiful.
Rocks, waves, smokestacks – and the Winter Stations works in the background.
Muskoka chairs at the ready, even on a winter-ish day – downtown in the distant right background – check wave spray near the rocks!
The first installation we see is Pussy Hut! (Martin Miller/Mo Zheng). This one turned out better than the original design, as the knitting pattern for the huge stuffed-tube “yarn” evolved into a nicer hat shape. Good work.
Revolution (by OCAD U students) – nifty and very weather-and-tamper-proof! Meant to amplify sound – could be a great permanent installation somewhere?
Rising Up (U of Guelph students). A nifty construction, this would make a great loft installation. Lots and lots of shelves.
Rising Up – looking up at the roof.
Nest (by Ryerson U students). Also quite weatherproof! And a nice semi-sheltered interior.
Looking straight up from inside Nest.
A nice shot of some hardy surfers on a winter morning. Brrr! But I was a bit envious. Looked like fun!
Obstacle (by Kien Pham). A really nice, windswept piece. But it had suffered wind damage. I fixed a few loose banners, but probably kids had been climing on the wooden frames, and there were broken bits here and there. Too bad.
Wind Station (Paul van den Berg/Joyce de Grauw). Sadly, it seemed that this piece had been vandalized! Very disappointed about that, for them. Hopefully, someone will set it back up again. There are little pinwheels everywhere – it’s a delightful idea.
Wind Station’s concept drawing. You’ll see early photos of it online, too.
Make Some Noise!!! (Alexandra Griess/Jorel Heid). This looked cool, though the cranks were not making any audible noise! Probably had become detached with over-use. I put a link earlier in the post – check it out, but turn down your volume first!!!!
Tasty brunch, but bad brunch photo! We were at The Tulip. Julie’s hair, Barbara, Seneca’s forehead, Liz, Ros, L, Louise. Nice Sunday morning!
Walking home (almost all the way!) got to admire Uber 5000’s new mural on the Humane Society, up close. Stay tuned for more Uber 5000. (That’s a hint!)
I dropped into the Allen Gardens, too. Lilies smelled great!
This is always a favourite thing. It may be a type of cut-leaf begonia?
Sunday, March 04, 2018:
Meet at the Y at our usual time, 9:00 a.m.
This will be a short morning walk, since a bunch of us will have enjoyed a speedy 10km walk on the day before (more on that in a moment). So, let’s go see Uber 5000’s fun new mural in Graffiti Alley. The pictures I’ve seen are very cute – and there are a few Toronto references I think we’ll all enjoy. Then, maybe just a tea or coffee and call it a day? More on this, at the time. I would like to wrap up around 11, if possible.
ON THE OTHER HAND! If it’s 10km you’re hankering for… please join us the DAY BEFORE – on Saturday, March 03, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the West End Y, for our MEGAwalk spectacular track-walk! We’ll be indoors, so please don’t forget indoor gear – and your water bottle!
A bit about Megathon: The event is a fundraiser. If you want to participate in this excellent initiative to benefit youth and family programs at the Y, please visit the website. Sign up. Contribute. Look for our TEAM (“west walking” – of course!) and feel free to join our team. Any donation is most welcome, if you’d enjoy doing that. And your walking participation is encouraged! People are always amazed that we easily manage 100 laps of the track in under two hours. (Sheesh! Nothin’ to it!)
We’d be delighted to meet you in the lobby at around 12:55. Let me know if you’ll join us. Yes, we’re still planning a little refreshment, afterwards. Right across the street.
These two walks will be my last WESTwalks for a few weeks. I’ll be back on Sunday, March 25th, for another interesting wander! In the meantime, I will still send a weekly post and newsletter, in case you want to get together to walk. (I suggest it!) But I know it doesn’t always happen when I’m away. So, maybe you’ll find your own route to walk? If so, please let us know about it. Maybe share a photo or two? I’ll gladly post them here (with your permission!).
COMING UP LATER:
Great spring festivals and events to enjoy, including two favourites: Jane’s Walk (early May) and Doors Open Toronto (late May). Check out those websites, if you like. You may want to schedule more than just one walk with us! We’ll be pleased to hear which of those many walks appeal to you. Maybe we’ll go together.
As always, do feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks around Toronto. Your walking friends are our walking friends! 🙂
We’ll see you soon for another great Sunday morning. Thanks for helping the winter fly past! Spring is definitely on the way.
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See you Sunday!
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