Posts Tagged ‘remembering’

four sections of four different brain sculptures

The second annual Brain Project is now on display across the city.  These are only a small sample of the brain sculptures that form the exhibit.  In total there are 100 brains in about 20 locations around the city.   There is a map on the Brain Project website if you are interested in visiting some of them.


below: One of the locations where you can see some of the brain sculptures is Nathan Phillips Square.

a line of sculptures on display, podius standing in the water of the fountain, arches, and 3D Toronto sign in the backgruond.

Descriptions of all the brains on display around the city, as well as notes on the artists responsible, can be found online.    You can vote online for your favorite brain.

below:  Circles of beads and sequins – circles representing wholeness and totality come together to form a complex mosaic like the brain itself.  “Unleash Your Mind” is by Kara Ross.

a brain sculpture on display in front of the 3D toronto sign, decorated with colourful circles of sequins

below: Sitting on top of a blue and teal brain is a blue jay in a nest – a sculpture by Ted Hamer that is called “Thinkubator”.  Here the brain is shown as an idea incubator where the bird symbolizes the idea.

close up of part oa brain sculpture, the brain is painted blue and teal and there is a blue jay sitting on a nest on top of the egg (the bird is part of the sculpture)

below:  “Vitale” by Molly Gambardella is dedicated to the artist’s grandmother who died of Alzheimers in 2016.   Vitale was her maiden name.

a sculpture of a brain decorated with hundreds of coloured pencils, some are point up and some are blunt end up, the colours of the pencils make shapes and lines on the brain

below: Three of the brains on display at the Distillery District.  In front is “Red Head” by Anitra Hamilton who glued pieces of chicken eggshells to the surface of the brain.  Red acrylic paint highlights the spaces between the eggshells.   In the middle is Cindy Scaife’s “Food for Thought”.  Broccoli, avocado, apple and walnut, all healthy foods,  play in the park.

brain sculptures as part of the Baycret Foundation's Brain Project on display outside at the Distillery District

below: Also at the Distillery District is a brain by Laura Bundesen, “Not Forgotten” is a collage of fabric embellished with lace and embroidery and beads.  It is in memory of her stepmother who suffered from dementia.

close up of a fabric collage on a sculpture, bits of fabric with flowers on it, some embroidered leaves and flowers, lace and trim too,

Part of the goal of the project is raise awareness of diseases like Alzheimers that affect the brain.  Another goal was to raise money  – the sculptures are sponsored by various people and corporations (such as Telus).  As well, most of the brains from last year’s exhibit have been sold.  Funds raised through this project are donated to Baycrest Health Services.

below:  Keight MacLean’s “Loss” illustrates the idea of memory and memory loss using a portrait of a person, a loved one.  Paint as the memory loss, obscures the picture.

outdoor display in a clear acrylic box, a sculpture in the shape of a brain, with the picture of a woman's face on the side, yellow paint drips down from the top of the brain.

people looking at brain sculptures.  one is pointing to them, the other is taking a picture of them.

Seen in the ‘Genizot: Repositories of Memory’ exhibit

 by Bonnie Eisenstein,

at the Royal Ontario Museum until 8 February 2015


“Concentrate all your strength, and compel yourself to do the loftiest deed, to endure the most difficult trial, and to survive the most arduous struggle.”

from The Walk by Robert Walser, translated from the German, Der Spaziergang written in 1917.

The Ontario Fire Fighters Memorial is near the corner of Queens Park Crescent and Grosvenor Street. 

A short wall of black rock has the names of fallen firefighters carved in it.  In the background is the statue of the firefighter and young boy.

The names of fallen fire fighters are engraved on black stone.

Statue of a firefighter wearing a gas mask and carrying a young boy is in front of a block of shiny black rock.  In the rock there is a reflection of the statue along with the Ontario flag that is flying nearby.

close up of statue of a firefighter carrying a young boy

Near the corner of Queens Park Crescent and Grosvenor Street is the Ontario Police Memorial.
It was dedicated in May of 2000.

Light grey stone horizontal with 5 panels.  The outer two panels on each side contain the names of the policemen who have died while on duty in Ontatio.  The center section of the stone is the base for two statues - an older and a younger policeman.

The names of fallen Ontario police are carved in the stone at the base of the memorial.

The two statues on the police memorial as seen from the side.
close up of young police officer (upper body) at the Ontario Police Memorial

AIDS Walk, 13 September

Beginning at Yonge Dundas Square…..

people at the AIDS walk in Toronto

Getting dressed and ready to walk.



Making posters to carry in the walk.

….. north up Yonge Street…..

people at the AIDS walk in Toronto.  A Sikh man wearing a red turban is holding up a poster about treating and defeating AIDS.

Test.  Treat. Defeat.


Looking south down Yonge Steet.  A large group of people are walking as part of the AIDS walk.  They are in the far lane of the street.  Orange traffic cones run down the middle of the street to protect the walkers from traffic.


people at the AIDS walk in Toronto.  A boy in a yellow raincoat and holding a blue ballon is smiling for the camera.


people at the AIDS walk in Toronto, walking up YOnge St.  One man has a dog on a leash.  The dog is wearing a red Tshirt.


The walk made its way to the AIDS Memorial in Barbara Hall Park on Monteith Street (near Church and Wellesley).
Here, each walker was given a red carnation to leave at the memorial.

people at the AIDS walk in Toronto.  A man is putting a red carnation on the AIDS Memorial in Toronto.  Quite a few carnations are already there.


A group of people is winding its way through a park in which there are short concrete pillars.  Each pillar has plaques on it with the names of the people from Toronto who have died of AIDS.  Red carnations have been placed by the plaques O

Winding their way past the names of those from Toronto who lost their lives to AIDS.


The memorial was opened late in 1992 and dedicated during Pride Week in 1993.
There are about 2700 names now engraved on the plaques.  New names are added once a year.

A young woman is holding a red carnation as she waits her turn to lay it with the others at the AIDS memorial.  One of the triangular pillars with 6 plaques on it is behind her.


people at the AIDS walk in Toronto.  A group of volunteers is cheering on those who have walked so far.  They are standing on the sidewalk.

Enthusiastic volunteers cheer on the walkers.


people at the AIDS walk in Toronto.  Miss Teen Canada winners, seven of them, are walking as a group.  They have stopped to have their photo taken.

A cheerful Team Miss Canada Globe stopped for me for a few moments.

Money raised in the walk goes to support act  (AIDS Committee Toronto).

A small group of people is holding a banner in the walk.  The banner says Scotiabank AIDS Walk, in support of ACT .  A C T is AIDS committee Toronto.

The lead group in the walk.

 Link to the official Toronto AIDS walk website 

Jennifer Kateryna Kobal’s’kyj

I became curious about this story when I encountered two different memorial plaques for this girl in two different churches on the same day.   Jennifer Kateryna, 24 Aug 1989 to 2 April 1996.  She would have been just a couple of months older than my daughter.

memorial plaque on a wall

In 1997 her maternal grandfather erected a plaque in her memory in Metropolitan United church.


memorial plaque on a wall

There is another plaque, this one at St. James Cathedral, erected by her mother, maternal grandfather and aunt in 1998.

The death of a child is never a happy event, but Jennifer’s story is one of the sadder ones as she was murdered by her father as she tried to protect her grandmother from him. Sadder still is the fact that she had been living with her grandmother as part of the settlement in a custody dispute.

Polson Street Park, where the Don River meets Lake Ontario, was officially changed to Jennifer Kateryna Kobal’s’kyj Park in 1998. This park is at the end of Polson Pier, overlooking Toronto Harbour.