‘DETROIT SKYBRIDGE’ IS ANOTHER SIGN ARTISTS ARE BRINGING THAT HARD-DONE-BY CITY BACK

“Detroit Skybridge” by Phillip K. Smith III connects two of that city’s most iconic buildings, One Woodward & the Guardian Building. The 100-foot-long 16th floor connector becomes a floating bar of light hovering over downtown streets.

The artist has programmed the lights to change patterns, creating an impression that the colours are moving along the length of the bridge. “By night, it will become a beacon for the beauty, creativity, and innovation of DETROIT,” says Smith.

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TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING – MOCA, TORONTO’S MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OPENS

<Lois Andison’s “golden on sterling”, produced for MOCA’s Benefit Editions>

Five storeys of the former Tower Automotive Building, 158 Sterling Road, have now been transformed into TORONTO’s new Museum of Contemporary Art. Built in 1920, the heritage tower has a long history of aluminum manufacturing, sheet-metal casting and automotive parts creating. Who could have imagined that one day it would become the city’s latest art museum?

In the Lower Junction neighbourhood, the former industrial building is the tallest structure for several kilometres around. In 2005 it was designated a heritage site. After lying fallow for 10 years or so, the tower now has a new reason for being.

The museum’s debut kicks off with the ‘Free International Grand Opening Weekend’, September 22 & 23, artists in attendance, 10 am to 5 pm.  For details go to https://museumofcontemporaryart.ca/calendar/international-grand-opening-weekend/

IN PARIS THE URITROTTOIR (SIDEWALK URINAL) HAS BECOME THE LATEST ‘SCANDALE’

The City of Light has come up with a new design for public urinals – this time without significant sidings. They could be mistaken for post office boxes and are causing quite an uproar.

“In order for Uritrottoirs to be accepted by Parisians, we had to imagine equipment that doesn’t look like a urinal,” one of the product designers, Victor Massip, explained.

Beneath the bright red box sits a collection of straw, sawdust or wood chips. A sensor measures how much urine the box is holding at any given time. Once full, the lower box is taken to a composting site, from where mulched compost returns to feed the window-box that grows above the urine funnel.

L’Uritrottoir is yet another reason why we love PARIS!

CANADA’S ROADSIDE ART – A GIANT ELASTIC BAND, LUMBERMAN’S AXE, A MUSHROOM STUDIO, ETC.

The distances are so great in Canada, that drivers are grateful when they encounter an artistic form of self-expression – in other words roadside art. Below – a few examples across TORONTO and other parts of the country.

<MUSHROOM STUDIO – by Katie Bethune-Leamen, photo – Ben Thong; commissioned by TORONTO’s Sculpture Garden, 115 King Street East>

<THE BIG APPLE – COLBORNE, Ontario, beside Highway 401>

<WORLD’S LARGEST AXE – NACKAWIC, New Brunswick>

<ELASTIC BAND – CARTER’S COVE, Newfoundland & Labrador; credit – Jan Mahaney>

<ELEPHANT HOUSE, Yarmouth Avenue, TORONTO>

<JUMBO – star of P.T. Barnum’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ circus elephant who died after a collision with a locomotive, ST. THOMAS, Ontario>
<HUSKIE THE MUSKIE – mascot of KENORA, Ontario>

<APPLE STAND – AYLMER, Ontario>

<TRUMPETER SWAN – MIDLAND, Ontario>

<THE DOLL’S HOUSE, Bermount Avenue, Leslieville, TORONTO>

<LADY ON A SWING – an old time animated favourite on Eglinton Avenue East in TORONTO.  She changed her clothing every now and then, depending on the season.  It was an eye-catcher, but no longer exists.>

STEVEN EVANS EXPLORES THE ARCHAEOLOGY & ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNILEVER SOAP FACTORY

In a series of photographs on display at HAILED COFFEE, 801 Gerrard Street East in Riverdale, STEVEN EVANS tours one of TORONTO’s few remaining mid-century industrial sites. The abandoned machinery that once manufactured products as ordinary as soap, stand still and silent like forsaken ancient totems. They remind us of the persistence of the past and the ephemerality of the present.

Until December 30/2018

<Coal Bucket Elevator, top floor, Boiler House>

<Perforation in ceiling for Mixer Tank, Liquids Manufacturing Building>

Steven Evans Photography – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN – THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM RE-OPENS ITS AVENUE RD. ENTRANCE

The restoration was made possible by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation & the Government of Ontario. It’s part of the Museum’s ‘Welcome Project’ and immediately became popular with the public.

The stained glass windows were originally installed in 1933.

<PHOTO ABOVE – CBC>

Upcoming plans for the ROM – a performance terrace, a new plaza, and additional landscape design elements.