Fallen Star

 Don Maynard is an artist who works with a variety of media including painting, sculpture and multi-media installations. Primarily based in Kingston, Ontario he has created several public art works including Stand of Birch, Archive for the City of Ottawa, Maintaining Gravity in Kitchener/Waterloo and Wave for the City of Toronto that can be viewed … [Read more…]

Rathier Building

Abraham Rathier built this stone 2 ½ storey building at 193-195 Cumberland Street at Bruyère, to house a grocery store on the lower level and residence above circa 1862. Although many residents of Lowertown during this period were in the stone cutting profession, this building is one of the few stone buildings built in Lowertown … [Read more…]

Tree of Life

In Westboro at the corner of Churchill and Byron resides a tall yellow and orange tree shaped sculpture by Jennifer Stead. Prior to this sculpture being completed in 2015, Churchill Avenue underwent an extensive redevelopment to upgrade the water and sewer infrastructure, create separate bike lanes and upgrade sidewalks. This sculpture was commissioned as part … [Read more…]

Aylen-Heney House

The Aylen-Henry House is one of Ottawa’s oldest buildings residing at 150 Richmond Road in the Westboro area. Constructed of stone (the tin roof was added later on), this substantial homestay housed Irish labourers that worked for Peter Aylen. The property’s history and occupants are the subject of a variety of stories about the roughness … [Read more…]

The Perils of Procrastination

It has been over a year since my last post and admittedly I did try and publish a post on exactly the 1-year mark, but that didn’t work out. Seems as although I constantly take photos while traveling within the city, I rarely get around to writing a post about those photos, as can be … [Read more…]

Il/elle n’a pas de nom

This mysterious aluminium irregular sculpture is situated just off of Confederation Boulevard, near the National Art Gallery.  It was created in 2015 by Marc-Antoine Côté and consists of what appear to be numerous welded strips of aluminium arranged in an irregular spherical-like shape.  Measuring approximately 151 x 132 x 149 inches, it is by no … [Read more…]

Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is located in the Barrhaven area connecting Strandherd Drive with Earl Armstrong Road crossing the Rideau River.  Formerly known as the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, the structure was renamed in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War 1. Work began in 2010, but was marred by … [Read more…]

12 Points in a Classical Balance

Described as a “sine curve” or a line whose end joins the beginning to form a loop, this modernist sculpture was created in 1982.  Made from Western Red Cedar and weighing 3,175 kilograms this sculpture presently sits in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, across from the Library and Archives Canada Building, but will … [Read more…]

Clegg-Feller Building

This building is situated in a prominent location at the corner of Rideau and Dalhousie Streets.  If you’ve ever taken the bus along Rideau Street or visited the Byward market, it’s more than likely that you’ve seen this building several times.  You may have also wondered why it’s still there, until you see the heritage … [Read more…]