Friday, November 8, 2013

Serenity

Beyond Little Italy, on the north side of Chinatown, is St. Vincent's Hospital. The place has been around a long time, expanded on through time, and is presently used as a chronic care hospital. This courtyard used to be open to the elements, but years ago a roof was added between the two sections of the hospital, and the entire space was converted into a well lit atrium, nicely sheltered from the outdoors. It's a quiet, calming kind of place.


Out on the north side of the hospital is a garden, one designed for patients in mind. Since the hospital is founded as and remains a Catholic institution, there is a shrine to Mary placed in the heart of the garden.



And now for something completely different, and yet inviting to a mind weary of a long day. This mural is on the side wall of a grocery in Centretown. I like the way the painting emerges from the brickwork.


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  1. That mural's on a grocery store? All we get here are tacky ads!

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    1. Yes, though it is a small independent one, so maybe that's why...

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  2. I would never have guessed that was a hospital. Oh the mural is gorgeous!

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    1. There are the odd murals here and there. I've got to keep my eyes out for them...

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  3. The hospital has done a great job in making it an inviting place, which in some cases must be a tough period for patients and families.

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  4. Love the mural! Those spaces created by enclosing the areas between buildings are often quite nice.

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    1. This one works nicely. Even the modern support beams compliment the older parts of the buildings.

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  5. Murals are such a cost-effective way to embellish architecture. I wonder why there aren't more of them. This one is very cool.

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    1. There are plenty of walls like that here that could use such designs.

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  6. The hospital atrium look really quiet. But the Mural looks very, very nice. I like the bricks, like a part of it. Greets.

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    1. I'm pleased that shot worked out nicely.

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  7. Love the mural. It is very interesting---It looks different each time one looks.
    Cool looking hospital area. MB

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    1. Whichever artist painted it did an extraordinary job!

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  8. Both the hospital atrium and then that mural seem to invoke a sense of peace; both are nicely done in their own ways.

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    1. There are places like that, even in a city full of nutty politicians like this one...

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  9. I love the look of murals painted on brick.

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