Sunday, March 17, 2019

Quiet Space

I left off yesterday with this sculpture. Here we have a look at the inscription on top. The RCAF Hall Of Tribute honours those who have served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

Stepping inside, an inscription in Latin stands at the threshold. Per Ardua Ad Astra is the RCAF motto; it means Through Adversity To The Stars.

The space is large but quiet, with a stylized map on the floor. Sections of glass cover over mountainous landscapes rendered in three dimensions, as I noted yesterday. The walls are steel panels. An oculus is at the ceiling, letting in light. It's simple and yet very effective in its approach.

Now it's time to take you into the collection itself, organized thematically and chronologically in a large, open space. The Silver Dart was the first powered heavier than air plane to fly in Canada, at Baddeck Bay in Nova Scotia. It was the combined effort of a Canadian and American group, the Aerial Experimental Association, headed by Alexander Graham Bell. It made that first flight on February 3rd, 1909. What is suspended here is a replica made by RCAF personnel to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of that flight. It is mounted on a podium and slowly turns.


  1. Reminds me of our school motto "Ad aspera per aspera" through striving to the stars.

  2. We've certainly come a long way in a short time since the Silver Dart.

  3. Wow, the first part of this post is awesome, the second reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons :-)

  4. Very nice exhibition space.
    It seems that all the space there are large...

  5. ...' Through Adversity To The Stars' is a wonderful thought.

  6. What an impressive space that is.

  7. Great! Must be impressive to stand in that Hall Of Tribute.

  8. makes me think of a screen in James Bond ... we have been re-watching all of the movies. great views. ( :

  9. Hello, it is a impressive exhibit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead!

  10. Amazing how they can display so much in an area.

  11. Oh wow! I was not expecting this William, what an incredible space!

  12. @Joan: a good motto.

    @John: that's true.

    @Sami: it fits its subject well.

    @Iris: I can see that!

    @Ella: this is a good sized museum.

    @Tom: it certainly is.

    @Sharon: I think so.

    @Jan: it is.

    @Beth: yes, the gun roll icon of a Bond film feels very much like that oculus.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Red: they organize it very well.

    @Janey: it really is.

    @Grace: I agree!

  13. Must be nice to be there in person.
    Love all those tulips in your header picture.

  14. Reminds me of the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

  15. I know a lot of people who would enjoy that place, William!

  16. That entrance space is glorious. Really stunning.

  17. There are some very nice designs.

  18. Very elegant space and photos ~ definitely contemplative at times ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. @Bill: it certainly is.

    @Happyone: I enjoyed my visit.

    @Revrunner: the Wrights feature in a coming post.

    @Furry Gnome: they're here in May.

    @Marie: thank you!

    @RedPat: I certainly did.

    @Kay: I agree.

    @Italiafinlandia: a good motto.

    @Anvilcloud: that they are.

    @Carol: indeed.

  20. As others have also said impressive exhibit and space!

    All the best Jan