Friday, 10 January 2020
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 101 St. Clair Avenue West
Date: Nov 2019
A man holding what looks like part of a condo building is one of the newest works of art to appear on Toronto streets. This sculpture was chosen as it is said to embody the present moment in the city's evolution. If that means that every time you turn around a new building has sprung up reaching for the sky then they are exactly right.
The sculpture is called Toronto Man and stands over 25 feet tall. It was created by artist Stephan Balkenhol. It is located outside of a Starbucks so you can't miss it.
The man stands on top of coloured building blocks. Perhaps this reminds Toronto Man of when he was just a Toronto Boy playing in his room. Now the city is his playground.
From the side angle it looks exactly like Toronto Man has stolen a slice of suites from the building behind him. Is Toronto Man creating something new or turning one suite from every floor into Air BnB's?
From a slightly different angle Toronto Man is in shadow cast by the buildings behind him. We can still see some sky behind him where the buildings have not yet risen. Maybe that is where he is headed next. Toronto Man sure does raise a lot of questions which is probably why he exists in the first place.
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Post # 274
Monday, 30 December 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Address: 4 Charles Street
Date: Sept 2013
Mr. & Mrs. Mallard are looking for a nice place in Boston to start a family. While they are searching for the perfect place Mrs. Mallard hatches 8 little ducklings. Mr. Mallard looks for a new home and arranges to meet Mrs. Mallard in Boston Public Garden. Mrs. Mallard has to lead her ducklings from the Charles River through traffic and other obstacles. Fortunately, the police help out so that everyone will make way for ducklings.
Make Way for Ducklings is a best selling children's book written by Robert McCloskey back in 1941. In 1987 the bronze sculpture arrived in Boston Public Garden and has become almost as popular as the book.
The sculpture shows Mrs. Mallard leading her children towards the pond that they will eventually call home. Her children are called Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.
A large number of ducks call the garden home so every spring there is a new group of ducklings following their mothers around on a new adventure. The rest of the year Mrs. Mallard will always be there to the delight of visiting children.
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Make Way For Ducklings
Post # 273
Friday, 20 December 2019
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Address: 6 Picton Street
Date: December 2019
The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful place all year round. One of the most magical times is during the winter season. We have visited a few times during the ice wine festival as well as to see the Christmas lights.
One store located on Queen street celebrates Christmas all year round. Just Christmas has everything you could need for holiday decorating. Even a C3-P0 wearing a scarf to keep him warm.
Right next door to Just Christmas is the court house and in the middle of the street stands the memorial clock tower. They both look nice all lit up during the night.
Out front of the court house stands a mailbox marked Letters for Santa. You can put your Christmas wishes inside.
Two toy soldiers stand guard outside of the court house keeping a watchful eye on everyone. You had better not be naughty while mailing your letter to Santa.
On the next block stands the Prince of Wales hotel. The Victorian hotel has seen many winters since it was built in 1864. It looks lovely in a small blanket of snow.
As you enter the Prince of Wales to warm up you are greeted by another toy soldier. This one is most likely a member of the royal guard.
The lobby of the Prince of Wales is always inviting. At Christmas time the sculptures and stained glass are joined by poinsettias, wreaths and decorations.
Looking out the window across the street at snow covered Simcoe Park makes us feel like we have entered a warm, fuzzy Christmas movie.
Out front of the hotel a trolley arrived to keep guests warm while they travel around town.
Around town you can visit the gazebo that sits beside Lake Ontario.
Enjoy the solitude of an empty road surrounded by snow covered trees.
And of course warm up a bit while you enjoy some ice wine at one of the many wineries found in the region. Niagara-on-the-Lake truly is a winter wonderland.
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Post # 272