The Beautiful Fountains of Toronto Photo Essay
By Elli Davis, September 19, 2012
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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let's have a look at Toronto through the lens of Sanjin Avdičević!
What is it about Canada that inspires Canadians to build so many wonderful fountains? Especially in the summer, we notice fountains in our city more often than usual. They become cool oases in the sweltering summer heat. Whether it is just diving in with your hand, jumping around for some welcomed cool mist, or “accidentally” falling in the fountain, they provide a nice and refreshing spot for an afternoon break. Toronto is one of the cleanest cities with many green spots and fountains scattered around. They are popular meeting points for a take-away lunch or coffee break. The central points of the squares, well hidden in city gardens or complimenting landscaping projects, they come in various shapes and sizes.
Let’s have a look at some of our city’s finest! The design of Sugar Beach Park works with the industrial heritage of the area featuring three components: an urban beach, a plaza space, and a tree-lined promenade. The large fountain serves as an interactive water playground, providing an opportunity to cool yourself down on hot days. Commerce Court is a complex of four office buildings in the financial district of Toronto. The plaza is always full of business-people and features a fountain in its centre and a three-piece bronze sculpture by Derrick Stephan Hudson from 2002.
The McMurtry Garden of Justice Water Fountains on University Avenue got their name from judge and politician Roy McMurtry and were designed by landscape architect Michael Hough in 1964. Linking Nathan Phillips Square with the Courthouse, they are symbols of balance and justice.The Toronto Islands are frequently visited summer destinations just a couple of minutes away from Toronto. Their octagonal fountain located on Centre Island is near the bridge that connects Centre Island Park to Centre Island.
Which is your favourite city fountain? Do you have a story of your own that includes a fountain? Share it with others in the comments below.
Fountains have always been a photographer's playground. Just look at this impressive time-freeze shot!
Long exposure shots create such amazing images - the McMurtry Garden of Justice fountains all lit up in night
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Meet the Photographer
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sanjin moved to Toronto in 1994. A computer programmer with passion for photography since very young age. "Digital camera that I usually use is Canon T2i and one of my favourite lenses, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8.
I am a big fan of film photography and I never go out without my Canon AE-1, or plastic toy cameras."