Gooderham Building (1892) from Berczy Park. Mural by Canadian artist *Derek Michael Besant (1980)

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The Gooderham Building is well known for the mural on its back wall. The Mural by Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant uses a trompe l'oeil effect to not only make the wall appear to have more windows than it does, but to also gives it a more motion effect by having its edges 'fluttering' away, where they are not 'tacked' down.


This photo placed 3rd in the SPC 41 (Windows) June 2012 competition.


The red-brick Gooderham Building is a historic landmark of Toronto. Completed in 1892, it was an early example of a "Flatiron" building. It was built by architect David Roberts, Jr. and originally cost $18,000. Sold in 2011 for bit more - $15.2 mil.


The mural ($93,000) was paid about 80% by private companies and the rest by the city. The artist was paid only about $8,000, yet more people see it, than some million dollar painting.


I do not know the lady with the ubiquitous Tim Horton coffee, but she spoke Russian with her son. (if you care to know)

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bodidog on August 12

L10, very surrealistic, regards

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  • Uploaded on July 11, 2012
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    by Tomros
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/05/26 13:30:40
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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