in the swim

A range of images taken during the month of November leading off with a polar bear enjoying a pumpkin snack while swimming underwater in the polar bears' large pool.

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Taken at the Journey of the Churchill Exhibit on November 7, 2020.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 12/06/20 20:31
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 12/06/20 20:33

continuing in the pumpkin vein... a display of pumpkins at the Forks which currently is closed because of the province lockdown in Manitoba

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 12/06/20 20:36

reflection in the Red River, the Esplanade Riel Bridge and a trio of ducks

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 12/06/20 20:37

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Charlie Johnston: "It was a big project and seemed to go on forever. I had done big projects before but it's bigger than Athletes Wear by about 600 square feet; plus it's a not all one flat surface; that was one of the hard parts. The owner of the hotel, Gil Gauthier, approached me about changing the look of the hotel. He loved the Murals. We spent a lot of time and I went through about three different designs before we came to this one. He wanted something with historical nostalgic quality and something that depicted Winnipeg at the turn of the century."

When you stand back and look at it for from the perspective of the establishing shot (photo 1), it looks seamless: "I spent a lot of time thinking about that," says Johnston. "I've done those optical things before but never on this scale. I've been able to achieve those optical illusions for example in a small room, or where you're crossing over angled walls. There's a kind of optical illusion mind game going on where here's a play off the real versus the illusionistic; there's a group of the real windows blending in with a group of painted windows that project outward three-dimensionally. I was imagining the space of the street and the streetcar coming into the foreground on that other plane. And then there's the hard things like making the lines of the streetcar pass through (seamlessly). It's tricky and it only works when you're at a certain point. But as you walk around the Mural it changes. To me it's a crossover piece between a Mural and a sculpture. It definitely has sculptural qualities to it. Sculpture is about mass, manipulation of spatial elements, textures, gravity; those are a lot of the principal elements of a sculpture."

And now it is all just a pile of dust.

Comments by S Roter on Mon, 12/07/20 00:18

OP is pretty exciting, digging into that pumpkin. All interesting
pictures with a good back story.