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ROM Crystal opening night

2007.06.06
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posed falling
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very best icecream
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wrapping up the outdoor show.
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On Saturday night, I left harbourfront and headed to the midnight opening of the new Royal Ontario Museum. I didn't have any plans to try to get inside. People had waited from dawn all day in the blazing sun to get one of the free tickets issued to the public, and still had to wait in line until the wee hours of Sunday morning to enter the new structure. I wanted to see the crowd itself. How often to you see people in mob numbers waiting all night to go to the museum?

Daniel Libeskind's Crystal was phenomenal while under construction - Like many in this city, I will always remember the site of those huge steel beams that are the bones of the structure, and watching the process unfold.

Working with a 50mm prime lens makes it difficult to get shots of big buildings. To get a sense of the building as a whole, take a look atFBismark's blog. For a live webcam view from above, go here.

What you can see in my blog are some of the first public visitors through the angled windows (unless you bought a $5,000 ticket for a preview the night before).

I wonder about all the people who worked to build this - work I can't even begin to comprehend.

A friend told me he went at 5 am, and by then, all the night birds had gone home. He got in without waiting, and he said he liked it much better from the inside.
5 Comments
FBismark Wonderful pictures!!! I like 1, 3 and 4 the most. Excellent work as always!!!!
FBismark · 2007-06-04: 16:08
krx72 Great shots as usual. Here a new, somewhat controversial new mega structure - a major architectural launch and you bring it to life by focusing on the human interaction with the inception, brilliant! Makes one wonder what you do for a living... ;-)

p.s. Many in Toronto are divided on the merit of this project. It will take some time to see how this works its way into the fabric of the city and the immediate neighborhood... time will tell!
krx72 · 2007-06-04: 19:21
Carley Wow....I see what you mean (especially in FBismark's blog....the one where this building is right next to the very old church!) We had what I imagine is the same controversy here when the Disney concert hall opened..... It, too, was very shiny and a very unusual shape. It has since become a tourist attraction..... You have humanized it with your photos! Beautiful set!
Carley · 2007-06-04: 21:45
mariovirga Fantastic building and great shots!
mariovirga · 2007-06-05: 11:06
t2d4th Great post...and interesting idea to photograph some of the first public visitors to ever enter the building. You are very creative.
t2d4th · 2007-06-05: 17:12
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