Toronto Through My Lens

Category: Fountains

In & Around Portland Street

On my way to photograph Victoria Memorial Square (stay tuned for a future post on that) I passed through the Portland Street and Wellington Street West area. Here’s a bit of what I encountered:

Nice bike!
Adelaide Street West, just east of Bathurst Street
More condos!
Just south of Richmond Street West. Condos are going up all around this site, hence the message on the painting: “The last inhabited house on this street”.

I found this graffiti and artwork in an alley behind Portland Street, south of Richmond Street West. Lots of colour here:

Interesting white flowers
Ruby Soho patio on Portland Street, just south of King Street West
The Happy Sundae
85 Portland Street. Lots of colour and ice cream here. Next time, I’m stopping for a sample!
On Portland Street south of King Street West

Clarence Square
On the corner of Wellington Street West and Spadina Avenue

Houses on Clarence Square
Charming houses on the Square

Outside The Soho Hotel & Residences, 318 Wellington Street West
“Pas de Trois” (1984) by Russell K. Jacques
In front of office tower at 70 University Avenue, corner of Wellington Street West
Jump Restaurant & Bar
18 Wellington Street West. Love the spring!
That’s it for now… thanks for joining me on this little walkabout!

Grange Park

I have passed through the Grange Park many times but have never stopped to photograph it… until now. Grange Park is located south of the Art Gallery of Ontario, next to the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and north of University Settlement House, at the north end of John Street. The Park lends its name to the Grange Park neighbourhood in the vicinity of the park. Historically, the park was the backyard of The Grange, a manor that was later expanded and became the Art Gallery of Ontario.

St. George by the Grange Anglican Church (background)
Flowers In Remembrance of Queen Elizabeth
Left on the plaque for the Queen Elizabeth II Rose Garden in Grange Park
St. George by the Grange Anglican Church
St. George by the Grange Anglican Church
Sidewalk Poem
Gwendolyn MacEwen
“Peace Not Pieces”
by TheKaunArtist, Grange Park
“Large Two Forms” by Henry Moore, 1966-1969
In the summer of 2017, “Large Two Forms” made the move from the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets – where it lived since 1974 – to Grange Park. The sensuous curves of this larger-than-life sculpture invite visitors to interact with and explore the bronze giant.
“Aquaverde” by William Pye
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation commissioned Aquaverde for the redesigned Grange Park adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. This water sculpture resulted from a limited competition to design an artwork for the circular area at the end of a curved wall carrying a rill of water across the park. The design is a mirror polished stainless steel bowl which receives the water from the rill, with seven spouts delivering laminar flowing water into cups. The cups break the flow and create animation of the water that can be seen from a distance. LED lights are set below the cups to provide a programme of colour changing lighting at night. The park was reopened and Aquaverde inaugurated on July 8, 2017 by Mr. and Mrs. Galen Weston.
Rear of Art Gallery of Ontario
“The Grange” in foreground
Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University)
Underneath the Sharp Centre for Design, 100 McCaul Street

Berczy Park

Berczy Park is situated near the St. Lawrence Market area, bounded by Scott Street, Front Street and Wellington Street.

The Park is named after William Berczy, a German-born architect, surveyor, and writer often considered a co-founder of modern Toronto with John Graves Simcoe.

Self portrait at Berczy Park

The Dog Fountain

The central feature of the park is a large, two-tier fountain with cast-iron statues of 27 dogs and a cat. The dogs are all looking up towards a large bone perched on the fountain’s peak:

Jacob’s Ladder by Toronto Artist Luis Jacob

Originally, the Jacob’s Ladder sculptures had a rope lattice suspended between the fingers of the two hands to form a string game for kids. Not sure what happened to them, but during my visit the strings were definitely missing.

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