Toronto – Day 3

August 26, 2019

Monday was my last full day in Toronto (and in Canada).  Here are some of the things I saw throughout the morning.  My afternoon venue took a while to get to and will appear in a separate post.

This is the Frank Gehry-designed façade on the front of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).  I didn’t know until I researched this post that Mr. Gehry is a native of Toronto.

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The building is so large (and faces a narrow city street) that it was difficult to get it all in one photo.

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I would have missed this next venue if my Airbnb hostess hadn’t made me aware of it.  It is located right behind the AGO.  This is Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University:

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While much of the school is located inside a “normal” building, part of it is suspended on stilts, several stories in the air!

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Admittance to the upper floors appears to be achieved by an escalator and perhaps stairs and/or elevators in the main street-level building.

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And this being an art school and all, we may have found the artists responsible for some of the artwork in Graffiti Alley!  These images were found outside next to the stairs and handicap-access ramp:

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I went back up to the front of the AGO building and saw this clever way to secure one’s bicycle without blocking the sidewalk:

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This piece of art was located outside, across the street from AGO.  While the first photo shows what appears to be a flat painting of a man’s face, there is more to it than that.

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The side you see above is actually three-dimensional.  It is concave, as it curves in from the sides of the painting:

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The opposite side of the painting shows a similar image but is convex, in that it protrudes outward from the flat surface of the border.

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After I took those photos I hopped back on a bus to head further north.  There was a restaurant where I wanted to eat lunch and I then wanted to revisit the art museum I had seen Sunday evening.

This was not the restaurant where I ate but I was amused by their signage.  Somehow I think if this is going to be your tagline….

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…. then you may want to rethink the name of your restaurant….

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Here is another look at the exterior of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

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I didn’t go inside any of the museums in Toronto except to inquire about the availability of photos at the shoe museum (see previous post).  Next year when I return to eastern Canada I will budget days to visit many of the museums along my route, regardless of the weather.