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The Crystal

The Michael Lee Crystal, the newest addition to the historic Royal Ontario Museum, is shown here against the sky with a distant building (the Royal Conservatory of Music -- bottom left). It is a very controversial building as it is massive and doesn't fit into the surrounding urban landscape terribly well -- it certainly jumps out at you. Some appreciate it for its cutting-edge architectural stylings (created by Architect Daniel Libeskind) others hate it for its non-crystal like massive mettal intrusion into the streetscape.  I'm not a big fan although it has some merits -- for one it makes for great photographs.



Taken 2007/09/15

-Iain.

The Crystal

The Michael Lee Crystal, the newest addition to the historic Royal Ontario Museum, is shown here against the sky with a distant building (the Royal Conservatory of Music -- bottom left). It is a very controversial building as it is massive and doesn't fit into the surrounding urban landscape terribly well -- it certainly jumps out at you. Some appreciate it for its cutting-edge architectural stylings (created by Architect Daniel Libeskind) others hate it for its non-crystal like massive mettal intrusion into the streetscape.  I'm not a big fan although it has some merits -- for one it makes for great photographs.



Taken 2007/09/15

-Iain.

comments (7)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 01:17
Now that's a great collection of angles. Good find!
Beautiful capture! It may not be a beautiful building, but I certainly agree that it is very photogenic. (:o)
another super shot Iainsmile although i do find the small section of the building on the right a distraction.
Iain Myrans: Tim I do agree but when i did a narrower crop the more square aspect ratio didn't do the photo justice -- nor did cropping down the top to keep the wider perspective. I could clone it out but I really don't like artificially messing with photos. The point is very valid though.
  • Monika
  • ugly London, pouring rain
  • 10 Dec 2007, 14:35
Cool composition.
Ah Yes, the 'iceberg' or the 'royal ontario spaceship' as it were.

You see, when the city of Toronto legalized pot for that summer a while back, someone at the planning deparmtnet decided to pass some arround, and that's when they snuck this little gem in.. allong with that block on crayons over on McCaul St.... See they were so high that when they saw this, and decided that it looked like a sweet place to hide the munchies for later, it got approved without any problems. Later tho, after construction had begin and they realised what was going on, it was too late to cancel the order for the 'custom made interlocking pannels' that the thing is built of (which are carefully hidden behind home depot aluminum siding in the finish product) without risking angering the germans and starting a 3rd world war. Since the US government is in the process of starting a 3rd world war of their own, we figured it would be a bad idea to interfear incase we anger the americans and they stop buying our underpriced raw materials, since that would hinder our ability to build the giant iceberg spaceship that we needed to hide dinosaur bones in (you heard about that one right? the ROM lost a whole dinosaur skeleton... in 1960 or something and just found it now...)

-V V-
Iain Myrans: Wow... things really ~are~ slow over there wink
If nothing else I bet you this comment gets you a bunch of hits on your photoblog! wink
And if you can follow the last comment... I give you a gold star...
  • Ellie
  • damp and cool
  • 11 Dec 2007, 00:09
The contrast between new and old is quite astonishing. I never fully understand how corporate buildings are allowed to be so, err, innovative. But, they make good pictures. wink

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