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2012/03 Moments, March 2012

Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, BC; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec.

YYC baggage wildlife
YYC baggage wildlife. Hippopotamus in baggage carousel at Calgary international airport. Arrivals promotion of local zoo, then other attraction at other carousels. Something to look at, while waiting for luggage, it’s creative use of public space (Calgary) 20120306 1453
Kota Ezawa 2008 Hand Vote
Kota Ezawa 2008 Hand Vote. Installation illuminated at night, at Vancouver Art Gallery Outside, Hand Vote (2008) by Kota Ezawa. On Georgia Street, a main stream, between two towers, could be easy to miss if not on foot. (Vancouver) 20120308 1910
Tracks west from Commercial Drive
Tracks west from Commercial Drive. Downtown Vancouver in the distance, late on a rainy afternoon. North of East Broadway, south of Grandview Highway, rail is the faster way into the city centre. Coming on the Skytrain eastbound, it was a long way from the previous station, and the route turned south before continuing east (Vancouver) 20120309 1724
Riverdale Cemetery, Parkway, Park
Riverdale Cemetery, Parkway, Park. View eastward on warm late winter from Toronto Necropolis, overlooks Don Valley Parkway, and Riverdale Park East in the distance with apartment towards Danforth Avenue. Can see through the trees, but leaves will obscure the view in a few weeks (Toronto) 20120311 1714
YUL mini marche
YUL mini marche. Convenience store at Montreal airport offers selection of wine and beer. Alcohol may be a part of everyday life in the French-heritage province, but in the next province west in Ontario, the retail channel is government-owned stores. My local colleague and American visitor shrugged their shoulders at my noticing the everyday (Montreal) 20120313 1011
European Meat leaving Kensington Market
European Meat leaving Kensington Market. Neighbourhood institution of 53 years, will close business on April 7 in favour of Etobicoke store. I have shopped there since the 1970s, most recently bicycling cross town for quality foods. I’ll have to start looking elsewhere. (Toronto) 20120317 1641
MOCCA sculpture
MOCCA sculpture. On top of pole, swirling steel bands, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art courtyard. Bright spring day on Queen Street West (Toronto) 20120321 1748
Jasper by John Clement in Vancouver
Jasper by John Clement in Vancouver. Loops of tubular steel, orange paint stands out on a cloudy March Vancouver midday. Part of the Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 temporary public art exhibition. Titled Jasper, by John Clement, web site at Firehouse Studio. Installed at corner of Robson Street and Jervis Street (Vancouver) 20120326 1436
Trees sculpture, Stephen Ave.
Trees sculpture, Stephen Ave. Ten stainless steel 20-plus-metre sculptures, built on concrete caissons that extend to almost the same depth underground. On the Stephen Avenue (8th Ave. SW) pedestrian mall at 3rd St. SW in downtown Calgary. Donated by Trizec Hahn Office Properties to the city in 2000, with Cohos Evamy Partners Architect, directed by Jablonsky, Ast And Partners, fabricated by Empire Iron Works (Calgary, Alberta) 20120328 1750

YYC digging
YYC digging. Mounds of earth on the far side of the tarmac at Calgary International Airport. From the runway extension? Construction diversion confused my driving on last trip so that I missed my flight; chose taxi this time (Calgary) 20120329 1236
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