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Insert... or finding magic Crystal.

Insert (noun).


1. anything put or set into, between, or among.


2. something inserted or intended for insertion, as a picture or chart into written material.


3. a folded section placed in another for binding in with a book


4. some part used for framing.


Toronto is very surprizing city. Walking through, I was stoped many times by appearing of something unusual, something what not suppost to be on that place thinking logically... But this city is different... Hanging out near the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, north of Queen's Park and on the east side of Philosopher's Walk in the University of Toronto, I saw very strange object. I even couldn’t call it ‘a building’... It looked like huge INSERT, like magic crystal growing from the rocky soil.


Later I knew that the name of this building is really Crystal... recently-opened Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, designed by one from the ‘living treasures’ (I‘m using here Japanese term for contemporary artists of unique skills) architect Daniel Libeskind. It was third expansion in a major renovation project, dubbed Renaissance ROM, of the Royal Ontario Museum, commonly known as the ROM. It is Canada's largest museum of world culture and natural history. The ROM is the fifth largest museum in North America, containing more than six million items and over 40 galleries. Opened on March 14, 1914, by HRH The Duke of Connaught, Governor General of Canada, the museum's original building was designed by Toronto architects Frank Darling and John A. Pearson. The architectural style is Italianate Neo-Romanesque, popular throughout North America until the 1870s. The structure is heavily massed and punctuated by rounded and segmented arched windows with heavy surrounds and hood moldings. Other features include applied decorative eave brackets, quoins and cornices. The ROM received Libeskind’s INSERT in 2005 and finally opened in 2007, complectly changing the image of museum and all this area. The Libeskind design, selected from among 50 entrants in an international competition, saw the Terrace Galleries torn down and replaced with a Deconstructivist crystalline-form clad in 25 percent glass and 75 percent aluminum. The building is named after Michael Lee-Chin, who donated $30 million towards its construction.


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Taken on September 5, 2009