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TTC Shelter Turned Into an Igloo

Posted by Joseph / December 22, 2008

TTC Stop IglooAfter two weekend snow storms and more white stuff than the city knows what to do with, finding a place to put the snow can be a real challenge. Fortunately a group of people at Trinity-Bellwoods Park this weekend came up with an idea and covered almost three sides of a TTC shelter at Queen and Strachan with snow. It's kind of like an igloo, but I think it looks more like fort, regardless, the technique is most impressive.

It's not just a big pile of snow, but individually cut blocks stacked neatly. The builders even provided two windows so waiting riders could see the next streetcar approaching. I don't really care for the purple dye that's covering most of the structure, but there is a message painted into the snow on the one side (pictured below). I've got to say, bravo to whoever participated in this - a fun and safe way to use the snow.

TTC Stop Igloo

TTC Stop Igloo

TTC Stop Igloo

TTC Stop Igloo

Photos by Joseph Michael.

Discussion

17 Comments

duthied / December 22, 2008 at 03:16 pm
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Cue the "is this art" reponses!!! I like it, make's our city much warmer (not literally)
Tanja / December 22, 2008 at 03:36 pm
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Awesome.
Jo replying to a comment from duthied / December 22, 2008 at 03:37 pm
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snow is actually a great insulator!
Ben on on on on on on on / December 22, 2008 at 03:52 pm
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This is great. It won't last long though, it's blocking an ad.
o_O / December 22, 2008 at 04:20 pm
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Isn't this Toronto Public Space Committee work?
Ratpick / December 22, 2008 at 04:45 pm
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"...a fun and safe way to use the snow."

I don't understand. What is an "unsafe" use of snow?



Damien / December 22, 2008 at 04:46 pm
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I love that! A window! So thoughtful
joseph replying to a comment from Ratpick / December 22, 2008 at 04:55 pm
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I don't know, I guess I was thinking about snowball fights...
red ronto / December 22, 2008 at 06:09 pm
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i cant read the writing
Jerrold / December 22, 2008 at 06:36 pm
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Not seeing anything about this on the <a href="http://www.publicspace.ca/";>Toronto Public Space Committee</a> website, but I do believe this was their work. Check out more photos on <a href="http://torontoist.com/2008/12/phototo_icing.php";>Torontoist</a>.
Keenan replying to a comment from Ratpick / December 22, 2008 at 06:50 pm
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stuffing it up one's rectum, for example, would probably fall under category of "unsafe uses of snow"...
jack / December 22, 2008 at 07:51 pm
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did anyone call Astral, the outdoor ad supplier? I think they should give the advertiser some compensation
jon / December 22, 2008 at 08:05 pm
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i'm going to miss Torontoist.
chephy / December 22, 2008 at 09:38 pm
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Nice. But - you can't see the streetcar coming, and the streetcar driver can't see you...
Chris Orbz / December 23, 2008 at 03:20 am
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Maybe it'll actually keep the weather out of the "shelter"
RBeezy replying to a comment from Ratpick / December 23, 2008 at 08:58 am
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anything involving yellow snow.
hajim / December 23, 2008 at 04:23 pm
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>did anyone call Astral, the outdoor ad supplier? I think they should give the advertiser some compensation

Sad thing is that the ad they are covering (on the outside) is for a small local business that can probably only afford this one shelter as advertising.

I hope they give the advertiser some compensation too, I mean the local business is part of the "public" no?

Maybe someone from the public space people can answer that?

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