Making time to play

photo 3(4)This is not the usual scene that you expect to see on a busy day on a busy street- people stopping by to play on the swings- but then Montreal is not your usual city. These swing sets were part of an urban installation called 21 Balacoires and were placed along the Promenade des Artistes. This new urban space links the Place des Festivals with Le Parterre, along de Maisonneuve and Président-Kennedy.

time to play

21 BALANÇOIRES (21 swings) is an exercise in musical cooperation that is half street furniture, half game. It’s the work of artist-designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat. Luc-Alain Girardeau, professor of animal behaviour at the UQAM Faculté des Sciences, helped develop the concept.

swing swinging

Each swing is a musical instrument. Depending on how you swing, it generates different notes. It was a very novel idea and was really enjoyed by the people. Alas! I was rushing past it to go for an important appointment and only stopped by to click some pictures. I could not revisit this before the temporary installation was taken down. 😦

swinging

To see a video of the swings in action , click here

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

This challenge is about getting lost in the details. Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene.

One of the things I like about the city of Montreal is its public art. The downtown Montreal is   a wonderful place to be especially if you like visiting art museums.. For this challenge I chose one of the sculpture displayed outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Its a bronze Sculpture called “The Eye ” done by artist David Altmejd who was born in montreal and this sculpture was fashioned in a foundry in quebec. Intrigued , I took a closer look!

the eye

And here’s a close up of the wings from the side!

the eye

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Angus Montreal

Big-Box stores were a new sight for me when I moved to North america. I was used to the chaotic beauty of an indian bazaar and was getting familiar with glass encased malls as well. A Big – box store is exactly what its name suggests it to be it is a big store in a box shaped building. I was recently surprised by this little gem tucked away in a small corner of the city. It is not a big box designed to be a store, it has a bit of history behind it !

The old structure

The old structure

Montréal’s Angus Shops were opened by Canadian Pacific Railways in 1902 to maintain trains and locomotives. During World War II as many as 12,000 people worked on the site. Working class neighborhoods grew up around the Angus Shops. In the early 1970’sC.P.R. began to close all its maintenance shops.

angus 3 angus 2I am sure it falls under the category of Urban redevelopment (not sure if it can be called adaptive re-use). Former industrial or commercial land, brownfields,  blighted or properties owing back taxes, all present opportunities to redevelop sites. Redeveloping sites enables the provision of affordable housing because of the increased density and the use of existing infrastructure.

The old outer structure retained

The old outer structure retained

The store structure from afar

The store structure from afar

the store and the old structures in the back ground

the store and the old structures in the back ground

Today was perhaps not the best day to be out and about with the camera but I was in the area and did not want to miss out on the opportunity.

Free standing wall now part of the parking area

Free standing wall now part of the parking area

structural support for the wall

structural support for the wall

The wall makes for a very grand entry into the shopping area.

An old buiding that now houses another store

An old buiding that now houses another store

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Old and rusted

Old and rusted

As is common practice , there is an open space with some informative panels about the history of the area.

Sign at the park

Sign at the park

I think it means something similar to ” reminder of the place and function of the railway company…..Canadian Pacific Railway enabled development of the Rosemont quarter by building Angus factories  early in the century”. Please let me know if you can translate it for me.

old aerial view of the area

old aerial view of the area

view of the railway locoshop

view of the railway locoshop

Women at work

Women at work

During World War II as many as 12,000 people worked on the site.

Interpretive panels at the park

Interpretive panels at the park

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new shops in the area

new shops in the area

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I like a little bit of color in the reveals of the windows

I like a little bit of color in the reveals of the windows

In addition to the commercial area, over 2,500 units of housing were developed over a 10-year period starting in 1984. The neighborhood is a mixed, integrated community of people from different social and ethnic backgrounds. The planned environment respects the traditional Montréal city block, and the scale and architectural design lend a homogeneous quality applicable to both market and social housing.

All this just a little away from the Montreal Olympic park

All this just a little away from the Montreal Olympic park

Weather wise it was not a great day for photography but it was a treat for the architect in me. To see a big- box store with a little bit of history brought a big smile to my face. For additional information on this development please click here.

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My World In Five Colours

Madhu, who writes a travel blog, The urge to wander recently shared her entry for the Capture the Colour photo competition run by TravelSupermarket.com. Since she left an open invite to fellow bloggers to join in, I felt tempted to share some of my images on my blog even though I am not officially in the photo competition.

The rules require one to publish a post with five original shots from their travels, each one representing the colours blue, green, yellow, white and red. I also need to link back to TravelSupermarket on Facebook or Twitter (with the tags @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour).

Blue

May be this would qualify as teal for many people, My first reaction upon seeing Lake Moraine in Alberta, Canada was “What a pretty blue!” I love this image and the place is very special to me.

Lake Moraine, Alberta, Canada

I am not sure whether to label the next image as white or blue. The frozen Athabasca Falls and the snow is definitely white but the shadows and the blue waters give the picture an icy blue colorGREEN

This picture is from Igatpuri in maharashtra in India. A small town located in the western ghats that started out as a railway town and is one of the best (at least in my opinion) places to see the soothing effects of monsoon. This image was taken during the monsoon, the hill and the surrounding areas become lush green.RED

The St. Joseph Oratory is not only one of the places  to see in Montreal, Canada, a beautiful church building, but is also one of the places of pilgrimage for the catholic believers. The Votive chapel is one large space filled with thousands of candles lit by the faithful.Yellow

Although this image doesn’t scream yellow, love the yellow in the  Swiss guard’s uniform taken at the Vatican. The design of the guard uniform is attributed to Commandant Jules Repond and the colors which make the uniform so attractive are the traditional Medici blue, red and yellow. Although it was winter when this picture was taken the colors of the guard’s uniform pop out in this otherwise bland picture.

 

And this final image is of the yellow-brown sands of Dubai.

If you wish to take part in this challenge please visit the links above. The deadline for submitting your entry is August 29th.

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People, Party and Parade: a touristy view of Fete de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste

I caught the very tail end of the Fete de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Montreal. The sky was slightly overcast, the sun was playing hide and seek, but overall it was a good day to be out. There was a good turn-out and we even managed to find a decent spot. Here is what I saw:

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