November 14th, 2010

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[PHOTO] Don Valley Parkway Mystery

The Don Valley Parkway is one of the major transit arteries of Toronto, connecting the west-east Gardiner ExpresswayHighway 401 which (besides uniting the Windsor-Quebec City corridor) provides the main west-east corridor for the GTA. It's a busy expressway, if frequently a very crowded one.

For the past few years, as I've been driven north along the DVP, just a couple dozen metres to the east of the road between Bloor and Eglinton, I've noticed an odd conglomerate of concrete sculptures. The first is a look from the south, the last a look from the north.

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Does anyone have any idea what these could be?
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[FORUM] What has surprised you about your physical community?

I'd like to thank people--creases on Livejournal and Jerry via Facebook particularly, also everyone over at toronto--for helping me identify the mysterious structures featuring in today's [PHOTO] posting as being parts of aritst Noel Harding's 1998 "Elevated Wetlands" project.

Noel Harding’s art work The Elevated Wetlands is a “functioning sculpture” that creates a wetland environment within six giant polystyrene “animal-like” plastic containers located next to the Don River in Taylor Creek Park. The sculpture uses waste plastic as a soil substitute to mechanically filter water from the polluted Don River. Plants and trees that are commonly found in wetlands and have the innate capability of biologically removing pollutants from the environment have also been integrated into the sculpture.</blockquote>

Live, learn.

What surprises have you discovered about your physical environment, in your city or your neighbourhood? Are there mysterious constructions with purposes you've divined only later? Did you make mistakes, thinking a building served one purpose when it served another entirely ("That's not a church, it's a community centre!")