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Showing posts with label Osgoode(TTC). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Osgoode(TTC). Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

54 & A Half St Patrick Street

I'm half the house I used to be.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street
Date: Dec 2014

  On St. Patrick Street in Toronto there is one house that stands out.  It stands out because it is only half a house.  It looks as if it has been chopped right down the middle.

Not My Better Half.

 On one side the home is nestled up against other houses, but the opposite side is just a concrete wall.  Its next door neighbour on the concrete side is an apartment building.  We imagine that other homes and the missing half of 54 1/2 once stood where the apartment is now.

54.5 St. Patrick Street.

  Even its street address is 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street which makes us wonder if it used to be 55 St. Patrick Street?  The apartment next door is number 60 and the building to the left is number 54 so really this house should be renumbered as 56. 

Unfinished House.

  For a better vantage point we climbed the parking garage that was situated across the street.  From up here it looks like some sort of optical illusion.  Back at street level we can see that this is no magician's mirror trick.  Somehow this building has survived the wrecking ball all of these years.  You really halve to see it for yourself.

You Halve To See This.

This location is near Osgoode subway. Visit other Toronto TTC stations.

Map of Our World
54 1/2 St. Patrick Street

Post # 167

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Nuit Blanche Extended Projects 2016

Black & White Night.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 100 Queen Street West
Date: Oct 2016
Website:  nbto.com

  Nuit Blanche 2016 took place in Toronto on October 1st.  Nuit Blanche is an annual event where art projects take over the streets for one evening.  It ran from 7pm October 1st and ended 7am October 2nd.  If you missed it you can still visit a few extended projects up until October 10th.:

I want to swim away but don't know how.

An ocean will be filling the rotunda inside Toronto City Hall.  It is made up of lights hanging from recycled strips of fabric from H&M.  We are guessing it consists of customer returns that they couldn't sell on clearance.  As the fabric sways above you, the lights glow and flicker.  Many people were lying on the floor being swept away by it all after a sleepless night roaming the streets.

Sometimes it feels just like I'm falling in the ocean.

You are also surrounded by the sounds of water mixed with what sounded like brief snippets of people sniffing and crying.  Below is a video sample of Ocean.

The extended hours for this project are from 8am until 6pm.

Death of the Sun
City Hall Nuit Blanche Style.

  As we emerged from the Ocean, a large white orb had been placed in the square.  It suddenly burst to life and yellow and orange clouds moved across its surface.  In about 5 billion years from now the sun will begin to die.  This project was meant to represent those final stages of the sun.

Close to the sun

  A low droning noise could be heard rising above the crowds that filled Nathan Phillips Square.  As we moved across the square to get a nice photo from the elevated walkway, the sun became more orange and then turned a deeper red colour.  The dampness and fog gave an even more ominous feel to the night.

Nuit Foggy.

    When the sun does actually die be sure to check out our blog for the special Life is Better on Vacation post we have planned.  Until then enjoy a video sample of  Death of the Sun.

The extended hours for this project are from 7pm until midnight.


The last exhibit which is available for extended viewing is Pneuma.  It features images projected onto a water fountain at Nathan Phillips Square.  It will be running at the same time as Death of the Sun.  It will be located right next to the TORONTO sign and the giant globe.  You can't miss it.  Actually we did, as it wasn't running during our brief time in the square. But you shouldn't!

Death of the Sun in TO.

This location is near Osgoode subway. Visit other Toronto TTC stations.

Map of Our World
Toronto City Hall
Nathan Phillips Square

Post # 137