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Thursday 20 June 2024

Gillie & Marc

     Gillie & Marc Logo

       Gillie & Marc are a married couple who are known for the sculptures that they create together. Their work can be found on public streets all around the world. They are best known for their sculptures of Rabbitwoman and Dogman. They also have a strong focus on endangered animals. You can find out more about the artists and where their sculptures can be found at gillieandmarc.com. Below are some of the Gillie & Marc sculptures we have encountered in our travels. Many of their sculptures are on temporary exhibition before they move on to a new location.

    Paparazzi Dogs

    Gillie & Marc Paparazzi Dogs San Francisco USA
      These paparazzi dogmen were the first Gillie & Marc sculpture that we recall seeing. They were located on Powell Street in San Francisco. They were taking photos of people coming out of an H&M store inside the Elevated Shops building. The dogmen are a combination of Marc and his weimaraner dog named Indie.

    Coffee Table Of Love
    Gillie & Marc Coffee Table Of Love Manhattan Park Ave
     In New York City at Park Ave and East 46th Street you will find Coffee Table Of Love. Dogman is joined by Rabbitwoman for a cup of coffee. There are two more stools at the table for passerbys to join the half animal, half human couple.
    Coffee Table Of Love Rabbitwoman New York.
      Rabbitwoman in based on Gillie and an unknown rabbit. Rabbitwoman holds a coffee and looks across at Dogman.
    Coffee Table Of Love Dogman New York.

       Dogman holds a coffee and looks across at Rabbitwoman.

    Love Negotiation
    Love Negotiation Gillie & Marc Toronto Canada

      In Toronto, Canada there is another Rabbitwoman and Dogman sculpture on Scollard Street. This time they are sitting at a smaller coffee table with no room for anyone else to join them. 
    Love Negotiation Dogman Gillie & Marc Toronto CanadaLove Negotiation Rabbitwoman Gillie & Marc Toronto Canada

     When we took these pictures there had been a recent snowfall so the sculptures had a layer of snow on them. These versions of Dogman and Rabbitwoman had some colour in them. Dogman was sporting a blue suit and Rabbitwoman wore a red dress. Neither of them was dressed for the weather.
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman

      At the time of posting this blog there was another Gillie & Marc sculpture in Toronto at David Pecaut Square. Dogman and Rabbitwoman are sharing a tandem bicylce with a rhinoceros. You can join them in the last seat. This sculpture is temporary and will leave Toronto in 2025. Who knows where it might end up. 
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman.  Love The Last.
      The rhino is there to represent the campaign called Love The Last. This is meant to raise awareness of endangered animal species. We tried to see their sculpture called The Last Three in New York City, but it was gone when we got there. The sculpture represented the last three northern white rhinos on earth. Only two remain alive today.
    The Travellers Have Arrived

    The Travellers Have Arrived Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas

      While other sculptures show Dogman and Rabbitwoman enjoying coffee or riding a bike, this sculpture in Las Vegas is quite different. The two half human, half animals are riding a donkey naked through the Cosmopolitan hotel. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

    Wednesday 20 March 2024

    Arthur Conan Doyle Room

    Sherlock Holmes Walk Toronto Reference Library

    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Address:  789 Yonge Street
    Date:  March 2024
    Website:  www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

      A little laneway behind the Toronto Reference Library has been named Sherlock Homes Walk.  This is because the Reference Library is home to one of the largest Arthur Conan Doyle collections in the world. The library has collected over 25,000 items since 1969 that are mostly works of author Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes.

    Sherlock Holmes Walk  Toronto Reference Library

        After taking a brief visit to the laneway we headed inside to check out the collection.

     Fifth Floor Of Toronto Reference Library.

      The Arthur Conan Doyle Room is located at the top of the library on the fifth floor.  It is part of the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre.

    Arthur Conan Doyle Room.   Toronto Reference Library.

         The Arthur Conan Doyle Room is designed to resemble the study from Sherlock Holmes' London address of 221B Baker Street. There is a real 221B Baker Street in London, but obviously the fictional Sherlock never lived there. The location has been turned into a museum for fans of the stories to visit.

    Arthur Conan Doyle Room Toronto Reference Library.

         The shelves in the room were filled with various books. Most of them were crime fiction like the Sherlock Holmes stories.
    Book Shelf Arthur Conan Doyle.
      The majority were written by or contain stories from Arthur Conan Doyle. Other books are exploration into Arthur Conan Doyle's career and characters. All of the books on display are available to read in the library.
    Watson Statue. Toronto Reference Library

      The room also contained non-literary works of art such as a figurine of Dr. Watson. Watson is Sherlock Holmes' friend and companion on most of his adventures. The stories of Sherlock are usually told from the point of view of Watson as the narrator.

    Moriarty.  Toronto Reference Library.

           Professor James Moriarty also has a figurine. Moriarty is Sherlock Holmes' nemesis. In fact, it was in a battle with Moriarty that Sherlock Holmes died.

    Richenbach Falls Rock.  Toronto Reference Library

        Sherlock and Moriarty fought and both fell into the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.  There is a piece of rock retrieved from the bottom of those falls in the Arthur Conan Doyle Room.

    Sherlock Holmes Mantle.  Toronot Referemce Library.

          Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in 1887. Another famous fictional detective, Hercule Poirot would not appear until 1920.

    Thin Sherlock and Pipe.  Toronto Reference Library.

         Sherlock Holmes is considered the world's greatest detective. Sherlock would also agree that he is the greatest.  

    Sherlock Holmes Study Toronto Reference Library.

        To enter into the Arthur Conan Doyle room you must leave your coats and bags outside. You are able to spend as much time as you like and take photos. You can sit and read about Sherlock solving mysteries until the library closes for the day.

    Shelock Holmes Hat Arthur Conan Doyle Room.

        On a coat rack was a Sherlock Holmes hat known as a deerstalker. This hat is never properly described in the books but was a best guess at what Sherlock would wear. It became a popular symbol of Sherlock, along with a curved pipe, as the character started to appear in drawings, movies and television shows based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novels.

    Arthur Conan Doyle Room. Toronto Reference Library.

         Outside of the glass enclosed study were even more books and a chess set on a round table. 

    Sherlock Holmes Chess Set. Toronto Reference Library.

         Even the chess set was Sherlock Holmes themed. Sherlock Holmes solved crimes much like a chess player. Chess is the ultimate battle of wits and trying to figure out what the next move of your opponent will be. We recommend your next move is to the Toronto Reference Library to check out a wonderful collection presented in the most interesting way.

    Map of Our World
    Toronto Reference Library

    Post # 333

    Tuesday 20 February 2024

    The Golden Lion

    The Golden Lion Hotel. 

    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Address:  5120 Yonge Street
    Date:  February 2024
    Website:  www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

      There is a lion living at the North York Central Public Library. The lion is over 190 years old and started out as a symbol of the Golden Lion Hotel back in 1833. This lion is the second lion to stand guard over the hotel. The hotel opened in 1824 and was operated by Thomas Sheppard. His brother Paul carved a lion out of a pine tree stump. In 1840 the lion was stolen and Paul carved a second lion out of an oak stump and used putty for its mane.

    Emerald Park & Nestle Building At Yonge & Sheppard In North York.

        The Golden Lion Hotel was located at the southwest corner of Yonge and Sheppard.  Sheppard Avenue was named after the Sheppard family. The hotel could hold about 20 guests. The Sheppard family owned the hotel until 1870.
    Golden Lion Hotel Sign North York.

        A sign located on the northwest corner of Yonge & Sheppard remembers the hotel. Across the street today is a commercial Nestle building and the curvy Emerald Park condos. The Golden Lion Hotel was demolished in 1933.

    Golden Lion North York Central Library.

         The lion has done some moving around through the years but in 1997 it finally became a permanent resident of North York Central Library thanks to the North York Historical Society. This photo was taken while the lion was being prepared for its newest location.

    North York Central Library.

           North York Central Library is the second biggest branch of the Toronto Public Library. The Golden Lion can be found up on the fifth floor.

     Golden Lion North York Glass Enclosure.
         If you want to see the lion, it is now safely behind glass to ensure it survives for many years to come. 

    Map of Our World
    North York Central Library

    Post # 332

    Saturday 20 January 2024

    Raccoons Of Toronto

    Raccoon Sponge Cloths.
        Toronto, Ontario, Canada is often referred to as the "Raccoon Capital of the World". We thought we would list some of the raccoons that we have encountered around the city.  We like the little guys, despite the fact that they tear up your garbage or scare you half to death with their screams as you walk around the side of the house at night. Here are some actual raccoons and artistic raccoon tributes that we have seen in Toronto.

      Love Park
      Love Park Toronto Raccoon

      Love Park has many animal sculptures including the raccoon above.  Read More.

      Emily May Rose
      Feel Good Lane Raccoons.

      Artist Emily May Rose has painted her raccoons getting up to mischief on various walls around the city.  The critters above were found in Feel Good Lane.

      Davenport Road Emily May Rose Raccoons. Yonge Dundas Raccoons.

        These groups were spotted on the wall of 1988 Davenport Road and across from Yonge Dundas Square.  We like how when the raccoons spray paint, it is usually to paint raccoons.

      Guinness Raccoons Sheraton Centre

        These raccoons are brought to you by Guinness and located on Richmond Street West behind the Sheraton Centre.

      Driving Raccoon At the Foot Of University Ave. Toronto

       This driving raccoon is part of a bigger mural at the foot of University Ave.  Honk Honk!

      Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
      Raccoon Butterflyfish Ripley's Aquarium of Canada.

      At Toronto's aquarium you will find these butterflyfish called raccoon butterflyfish in tribute to everyone's least favourite nocturnal invaders. Read More.

      Santa Claus Parade
      Raccoons In The Santa Claus Parade Toronto.

      It is not an unusual sight to see raccoons walking down a Toronto street. We witnessed this group of raccoons during the annual Santa Claus Parade. Each one had a giant cookie on its arm. Read More.

      Bay Christmas Windows
      Hudson Bay Windows Christmas Queen Street.

      The Hudson Bay store on Queen Street West always has different Christmas windows. One year there were raccoons included amongst the creatures of the Enchanted Forest. Read More

      Toronto Zoo Residents

      Raccoons In A Stump Toronto Zoo

      The Toronto Zoo has a bunch of raccoons. Some live in the woods surrounding the zoo and some are permanent residents. The stump above has at least three raccoons piled up inside. The signage at the zoo informed us that the black mask around their eyes helps raccoons see better at night by reducing glare. It works in much the same way as a baseball outfielder putting black under their eyes to help them spot and catch fly balls.

      Raccoon At Toronto Zoo.

      A Micmac story says that the raccoon was caught stealing and as punishment had the black circles placed around his eyes to remind everyone of what he had done. This raccoon above is doing some hard time in the zoo's enclosure. If by hard time you mean sleeping all day and only waking up to be hand delivered your meals.

      Toronto Zoo Touch Table Raccoon & Skunk.

      If you want to know what a raccoon feels like, the zoo sometimes has touch tables where you can feel animal fur. Raccoons have tiny whiskers on their toes which increases their ability to feel food in the dark.

      Toronto Zoo Visitors

      Raccoon Babies Toronto Zoo.

      Other raccoons at the zoo are free to come and go as they wish. On many occassions we have had to warn people "Don't use that garbage bin, a raccoon just crawled in there". The zoo is located in the Rouge Valley so there are no shortage of wildlife visitors. These little guys were probably waiting for their mother to return with a treat from the trash.

      Raccoon Scratching Toronto Zoo

      This raccoon seemed not to mind the crowds walking around the zoo and was content to sit on a patch of grass and scratch itself.

      Young Raccoons In WIth The Kudu.

      This group of little guys chose to take a shortcut through one of the African enclosures. This can be a dangerous move. This enclosure happened to contain the harmless antelope called a Kudu and a disinterested vulture named Lloyd.

      Ground Hornbills At Toronto Zoo.

      The enclosure is also home to the dreaded hornbill gang. This group of ground hornbills is intimidating as it marches around the enclosure. Raccoons are pretty fearless fighters so they may not be afraid, but no one wants to get a good pecking from these large birds.

      Hay-lloween Town

      Hay-lloween Town Raccoon

        One year the Toronto Zoo had different characters made out of bales of hay. The beloved raccoon was also included.

      STACKT Market

      STACKT Market Raccoon.

      STACKT Market is made up of shipping containers. Inside are many different vendors.  The market is also known for its artwork. At the north end of the market on Bathurst Street you can find this painting of a raccoon.

      Clover Hill Park
      Clover Hill Park Raccoon.

      This raccoon shares Clover Hill Park with some snails, rabbits and a donkey wearing casts on its legs. Read More.

       Utility Boxes

      Toronto Utility Box Raccoon With Camera.Toronto Utility Box Raccoon With Teeth.
      Toronto Utility Box Raccoon.Toronto Utility Box Raccoon With Trumpet.

      These four utility box raccoons are from artist Jeff Blackburn. Clockwise they are a tourist raccoon with a camera at Church and Front, a toothy raccoon at the bottom of the Baldwin Steps, a trumpet holding raccoon outside of The Rex on Queen Street West.and a regular raccoon at Roncesvalles and High Park Blvd.

      Toronto Utility Box Raccoon Stack.

      Another box in Scarborough can be found at Markham Rd. and Ellesmere. These raccoons are working together to reach new heights.

      Daredevil Raccoon
      Raccoon Climbs Building At Yonge & Eglinton Toronto.
      Speaking of heights, this raccoon somehow managed to get itself on a ledge part-way up a building at Yonge & Eglinton. 

      Porter Airlines
      Porter Airlines Snack Box.
      Porter Airlines is a local Toronto airline that used to operate smaller planes exclusively from Toronto Island Airport. Their mascot is a raccoon and he can be found all over the place. We believe that "orte" means scraps or possibly a small meal or snack.

      Mr Porter Is Porter Airlines Mascot.

      His name is Mr. Porter and above he can be seen dressed as a Mountie advertising trips to Ottawa on the side of the free shuttle from Union Station to the airport.

      Downsview Park
      Downsview Park Raccoon Sleeps In Tree.

      Downsview Park is home to many wild creatures, even in the winter. Rabbits, coyotes, hawks, owls, squirrels and a variety of small birds call the park home. Despite the bitter cold, this raccoon is fine just tucked against the trunk of a tree waiting for nightfall. Read More.

      Raccoons Reimagined CNE 2019 Toronto
      In 2019 the Canadian National Exhibition had a series of painted raccoon statues. The raccoons were painted by different charity and commmunity groups. It was called Racoons Reimagined.

      Butter Carved Racooon CNE Toronto.

      There is always a butter carving competition each year. This of course means a butter raccoon.
      416 Baseball Cap Raccoons

      During a Home & Garden show on the CNE grounds there was a company selling baseball caps. This of course means a baseball cap wearing raccoon.

      Royal Ontario Museum
      ROM Raccoon Specimen.
       A racoon and a garbage bin spell trouble. Not to worry, this raccoon is a Royal Ontario Museum specimen and that is about as far as things are going to go. A live raccoon would easily tip that can over and spread the contents all over your front lawn with the help of a few of its friends. 

      Runnymede Underpass
      Runnymede Raccoon Mural.

      Just south of St. Clair Avenue West where Runnymede goes under the train tracks you will find a mural painted on both sides of the road. There are many animals n the mural including guess who?
      Pink Kitchen
      King West Pink Kitchen Raccoon.

      King Street West has added some roadside seating for pedestrians. As you approach Spadina Avenue there is a little pink kitchen that you can sit inside. There is also a little pink raccoon waiting for food to be prepared. Anything at all, it is not picky.
      Little Canada
      Little Canada Raccoon In A Crown.

      Little Canada has little scaled down models of places all across Canada. It has a Little Toronto which means it also has Little Toronto raccoons. This raccon is wearing a feather boa and a crown which means it must be the night before garbage day.
      Holland Bloorview
      Holland Bloorview Art Deco Raccoon.

      Holland Bloorview is a Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In its garden it has sculptures and artwork of little creatures that the children might enjoy. We enjoy both animals and art so this little raccoon and his friends also brought us some joy.
      Raccoon Footprints In The Mud.

      Despite Toronto being full of raccoons, you may still have a hard time finding one. The next best thing is to find their footprints. Those tiny little toes leave a distinctive print. After it rains look for footprints in the mud.
      Raccoon Prints In The Snow.

      In the winter look for footprints in the snow.
      Raccoon Footprints In Cement.

      The best of all is after someone pours cement, look for little tiny footprints the following day. Just like these footprints, raccoons are a permanent part of life in Toronto.