Thursday, November 30, 2017

Myths, Evidence, And Jazz Music

I have some odds and ends today. This is a work of art called Myths And Evidence, installed this year in Gatineau by artist Mathieu Valade. A full sized unicorn is encased in a translucent glass box. The art is in the trick of the glass itself, which conceals the unicorn the closer you get, and gives you a better view the further away you are. It's a mix of being simultaneously identifiable but obscured.

Down the street stands Gatineau's City Hall.

One evening in October I was passing through Lansdowne Park. There was a football game going on at the stadium, and I came across two wood carvers in the process of carving sculptures. One appeared to be Joseph Montferrand, while the other was the logo of the Ottawa Redblacks (yes, it's a stupid name for a team). The Aberdeen Pavilion was their backdrop.

These two signs were to be found in the Glebe.

This is a view of the main span of the Chaudiere Bridge, taken at the entrance to Miwate, which I showed you earlier in the month, and will have another couple of posts on in December. The Gatineau skyline is in the background. The bridge crosses a part of the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Gatineau; this is quite different from other nearby bridges. At this spot, the river passes among a series of islands, so the bridges spanning it on this road are a good deal smaller than the Portage, Alexandra, or Macdonald-Cartier Bridges downstream.

Here we have a view of the Chinatown Arch at night.

Also a night shot, back in the Glebe in October. I was passing by Lansdowne Park one evening and noticed that there were football players on the field. This might have been a practice, either for the Redblacks or the University of Ottawa's team. There were people in the stands watching, but not enough for there to have actually been a game going on.

This shot I took one evening at the National Arts Centre, where a jazz band was playing after a classical concert in one of the performance spaces.


  1. Love the unicorn. The arch is beautiful. Interesting post.

  2. I always thought Canada was a magical place. The unicorn proves it.

  3. Who said Unicorns did not exist. That was a good selection of photos

  4. A wonderful display of the unicorn.

  5. A special artwork the unicorn behind the glass.

  6. An ecelectic mix, William. Loved the unicorn and greatly admire carved wood.

  7. That should have been 'eclectic' - jittery fingers.

  8. ...William, an interesting assortment!

  9. Hello, the wood carver at work is a great capture. I love the unicorn. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  10. I hope someone is feeding that poor unicorn.... he must be pretty fed up with being stuck in that box.

  11. I like the unicorn and also the arch is beautiful, William !

  12. @Linda: thank you.

    @Kay: it certainly does.

    @Bill: they apparently do!

    @Marleen: it definitely is.

    @Stefan: I agree!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marianne: it really is.

    @Mike: eclectic indeed!

    @Tom: quite so.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Shammickite: hah!

    @Karl: I agree!

  13. What a great collection of shots. I saw a unicorn the other day. It was an FAO Schwartz product at a store called Home Goods. I would have bought it, but my kitties might revolt and they're hard enough to deal with as it is. I also like the Chinese Arch...

  14. You get around. A nice mix of Ottawa.

  15. That unicorn art is fascinating. I must be the "other kind" of person because that sign is driving me crazy! ;-)

  16. i think you called it a Glebe ... what a gorgeous wall ... so lovely. i enjoy the wood work too. nice!! ( ;

  17. @Lowell: the kitties would revolt!

    @Red: I get to a lot of places, and yet there are sections of the city I rarely get to.

    @Sharon: I got quite a kick out of that sign!

    @Lady Fi: it is indeed.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Revrunner: really. It's a dumb name. In previous incarnations, the Ottawa CFL team were the Roughriders and Renegades. Both franchises got destroyed by the same family owners- an incompetent set of twits who had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Why the CFL allowed a sale of the Renegades to the same family that tanked the Roughriders is still baffling.

    @Beth: yes, the Glebe is a fairly large neighbourhood here that I get to spend a good amount of time in.

  18. The unicorn is quite unique. Nice images, William.

  19. wow that unicorn is quite interesting and fun to see that wood carver. So many fun things go on in your area.

  20. Wow! There is so much to see in & around Ottawa!

  21. @RedPat: I knew it would draw attention! When you stand right up next to the case, it's nearly invisible.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Susie: it's a winner.

    @Tammie: a lot does happen here.

    @Christine: there really is.

  22. I do hope the classical concert was better attended than the lonely jazz band.

  23. Lovely night shots and that unicorn is so fascinating ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. Such a great city, Ottawa. And I LOVE that Chinatown arch!

  25. The unicorn and the signs are interesting. Love the Chinatown arch. Have a wonderful day!

  26. Love them. I like your night shots, too!

  27. Just love the unicorn and the Chinatown Arch at night...
    All great photo's.

    All the best Jan

  28. I love the last picture! Great night scene.

  29. @Mari: oh yes.

    @Carol: I suspect they may have moved it. I saw the unicorn at a distance in Gatineau at another spot. Unless the artist made two.

    @Catalyst: so do I.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Norma: indeed!

    @Klara: it is!