Friday, July 21, 2017

A Penny for Your Thoughts

July 2017 - Toronto ON

Last summer I had followed The TELUS Health Brain Project.

Toronto is gearing up for a second year of raising awareness with over 100 new one-of-a-kind brain creations by local and international artists with a focus on bolder designs in their medium of choice.

I have taken the descriptions from the Telus website.

Jogging Memories - Union Station Total 9
A Brainy Thought - FCP                 Total 5

2017 TOTAL TO DATE - 14

This week's brains were found in FCP, First Canadian Place, Bank of Montreal's flagship building in the financial district.

These are American pennies as we don't have Canadian pennies in circulation any longer. The penny was phased out 2013.

Penny for Your Thoughts - Raymond Waters
This piece is made from interlocking, notched/glued pennies, and is about honouring memory and community. The penny itself holds the memories/travels of its holder as it journeys from hand to hand, year-to year, decade to decade. On a societal level, the penny shows that no matter how small, every contribution counts and when joined together, the impact is great. On a political level, the penny is a call for investment in healthcare, including brain health.

Life in Between - Steven Nederveen
Referencing MRI scans, this sculpture uses individually painted sheets of Plexiglas that work together to create a 3-dimensional brain. Viewed from the sides, the brain is a complete image but as the viewer moves around the piece it becomes a series of disjointed layers. Within the brain are webs of connected and disconnected structures. The light gives the brain an ethereal quality, adding to its delicate state.

This may become my favourite.

Home - Sarah Farndon
Memory is intimately tied to place; our fondest and earliest recollections are often of a childhood home, a family cottage, a safe space. These are the memories we hold dear. This brain is meant to kindle feelings of nostalgia, and represent the places that hold light and love for us in our deepest consciousness.

Hold That Thought - Adam Gagnon
Inspired by life and memories this piece explores the notion of aging. We may not all be affected by disease or injury but we’re all victims of time.

As fragile as time may be, it devastates and as it passes our fate becomes exposed. If one’s life is composed of experiences and memories, what becomes of us as those decay? Ashes echo the vulnerable nature of memories, fragmented and faded, adding to the decay of the individual.

Mind Chaining - Roger Edwards
Carbon Steel Transport chain with each individual link welded together visually suggests brain tissue and also acts as a metaphor for a mind that has been suppressed and restrained by a chain of ongoing Dementia effects.

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February 2015 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

Snapped on a city tour. There is so much going on in that tiny reflection, you can see the driver talking to us, bread delivery on left, guy in a helmet, me snapping, and the edge of John!

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July 2017 - Toronto ON

It has been almost 32 years since the creation of Toronto's Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square. The brainchild of local religious figure Father Massey Lombardi, the garden was conceived in response to the Art Eggleton administration's 1983 declaration of Toronto as a "nuclear-free zone". The Peace Garden was completed the following year, with its Flame of Peace lit by Pope John Paul II in September 1984, and an official opening attended by Queen Elizabeth II a few weeks after.

Since 2010, the Peace Garden has been undergoing a major overhaul as part of the greater Nathan Phillips Square revitalization, with the previous space demolished and replaced with a garden in a new location.

The new Peace Garden, located on the west side of the square, features two elevated planting areas landscaped with flowering trees and native plants. The eastern portion of the Peace Garden features terraced planters that also serve as seating and stairs leading to Nathan Phillips Square's elevated walkway.

The west side of the Peace Garden combines planters with a reflecting pool and the relocated pavilion from the garden's previous incarnation, accessed via a small granite bridge spanning the reflecting pool.

The refurbished Flame of Peace sits just beyond the bridge at the north end of the pool.
The eternal flame, lit from embers brought from Hiroshima, and water from the rivers of Nagasaki, a testament to those cities ravaged by atomic bombs.

In the centre stands a pavilion, built with one corner missing to symbolize the work that still needs to be done to achieve peace.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Toronto Police Museum

July 2017 - Toronto ON

I didn't even know there was a police museum in Toronto until we were looking for some sculptures.
Click here for the sculptures outside police headquarters.

Toronto Police Headquarters is 40 College Street. It is the first purpose built police headquarters in Toronto since the formation of the originating force in 1835.

As you enter you must go through a security check.

The Toronto Police Museum exists solely on the profits of the gift shop and donations.

This moose is from the 2000 Toronto Moose in the City project, he is in the lobby. The statue of the policeman behind him is part of the museum exhibits.

The museum has exhibits on the mounted division, the police dogs and a history of vehicles through the years.

1886 First mounted unit, which patrolled outlying areas and controlled speeding horses.

A lineup shows how Toronto police officers' uniforms changed through the years. From left, the 1875, 1880, 1930, 1947 and 1980s styles are shown.

  A lineup shows how Toronto police officers' uniforms changed through the years. From left, the 1875, 1880, 1930, 1947 and 1980s styles are shown. York Region Constable Brett Kemp, far right, displays what was believed to be the upcoming uniform in this montage created in 2000.

There are also displays on the history of crime investigations.

1884 First electric streetlights,welcomed by police walking the night beat - and cursed by would-be wrongdoers.

One of the most fascinating areas of the museum includes a number of display cases containing actual artefacts and evidence from past investigations.

Click here to read the full story of Ralph Power, murderer, whose crime is highlighted here with pieces of the evidence.

Known as the Casebook Rapist, Tien Poh Su's crime is highlighted in this display.

In January 1989, 47-year old librarian Susan O'Neal noted in her diary that she was worried about the 'persistent pattern of lying' of her common-law husband of eight years, 45-year old Robert Adamson.

Late on April 2, Adamson began calling many of their friends to tell them that Susan's elderly aunt had died and that they were going to the funeral in Sault Ste. Marie. After her disappearance was reported, police checked and found that Adamson had used O'Neal's banking card to get money from her account - and that she did not have an aunt in Sault Ste. Marie.

They traced his travels to Chicago. There, they found a typewriter ribbon in a machine that Adamson had rented. he had used it to type a letter of authorization to get money from the account of O'Neal's invalid father.

Adamson was charged with murder - the first time in Toronto that a murder charge had been laid prior to the recovery of a body. O'Neal's remains were found in a North York ravine four months after her disappearance. Adamson was convicted of second degree murder.

The Boyd Gang was a notorious criminal gang based in Toronto named for member Edwin Alonzo Boyd. The gang was a favourite of the media at the time because of their sensational actions, which included bank robberies, jail breaks, beautiful women, gun fights, manhunts, and daring captures.

Edwin Boyd had committed a variety of crimes in his youth and served time in Saskatchewan's Prince Albert Penitentiary at the age of 22. After returning from service in the Second World War, Boyd robbed a Toronto branch of the Bank of Montreal with a German Luger on September 9, 1949 while drunk and escaped with US$3,000 (equivalent to $30,197 in 2016)  With others, he committed six more robberies before he was caught and imprisoned in the Don Jail. There he met Willie Jackson and Lenny Jackson (not related) and together they broke out of jail with a hacksaw concealed in Lenny's artificial leg.

On March 6, 1952, Detective Sergeant Edmund Tong and his partner, Sergeant Roy Perry stopped a vehicle containing two men; these two men turned out to be Lennie Jackson and Steve Suchan. As Tong approached the vehicle, Suchan drew a .455 pistol and shot him and Sergeant Perry in the police car, wounding the latter in the arm. Tong died of his wounds on March 23, 1952.

Both Jacksons and Suchan were arrested in Montreal after a shootout with police that left Lennie and Steve wounded. Both men were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of the policeman. Boyd was arrested separately, in Toronto.

They went on to escape and be recaptured several times. Jackson and Suchan were executed in a double hanging at the Don Jail in December 1952.
Boyd served his time and was released in 1966, went west and died in 2002.

In the 1840 s and 1850 s, the most common offence was larceny, including cow stealing. And don t forget the charge of furious driving and racing a horse and carriage too fast. Early road rage?

“Electricity is one thing that criminals dread. It circumvents all their skill and cunning.” So wrote Philadelphia’s Chief of Police to Toronto's Chief, recommending a call box communication system. Until the call box arrived in 1888, Sergeants sent a message to the officer on the beat by having a passerby relay it!

That “new technology” meant Sergeants could signal Constables by sounding a gong and flashing a red light atop the call box - one flash for the beat officer, two for information for all officers, and three for an emergency.

A recreation of an early 20th century Toronto police station includes a 1920 poster regarding missing Toronto millionaire, Ambrose Small. His 1919 disappearance has never been solved.

I knew Ambrose Small rang a bell and I looked through my files and found that I had first heard of him last summer when we took Heritage Toronto's Lost Breweries tour.

Signs like this were placed in high traffic areas in the 40s and 50s.

A display of the various illegal substances.

There is a display of police killed on the job.