Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Metal






There never was a doubt in my mind about what to post for this week's Photo Hunt. This unique stainless steel fountain, the Crab Fountain graces the entrance to the Vancouver Museum which was built in 1967 as part of the celebration of Canada's Centennial. Yes we are a very young country.


Again there is no need for three guesses about what this represents.
Look at the pincers


Another angle of this amazing fountain

The Crab Fountain at 1100 Chestnut (Vancouver Museum; stainless steel, 6.7 metres high, 1958), was designed by George Norris (b. 1928, Victoria). The work cost $44,000, a gift from the women of Vancouver for Canada's centennial. Waterworks were devised by John Bell, of Bell & Reading Engineers, West Vancouver. The crab in Haida legend protected the harbor, as well as being a sign of the zodiac. Norris, a graduate of the old Vancouver School of Art, designed the fountain's seven water jets to be increased or decreased, depending on the weather or for special occasions such as the Sea Festival.


The fountain greets visitors to this very different
and interesting building

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


NB: I'm out of town this week and will visit you all when I return, I promise.

37 comments:

Carver said...

What an amazing fountain. Perfect for the metal theme and very interesting. I think it's safe to say I've never seen anything remotely like it. Very unique. I hope you have a great time for the rest of your trip and a happy Easter.

keeyit said...

Amazing foundation..

Nice shot

happy holiday~

ellen b said...

That is a great fountain. I'll have to check it out on my next trip to Vancouver! Happy Easter..

Napaboaniya said...

Interesting crab fountain! Never seen a fountain in the shape of a crab.
Happy Easter!

Barbara H. said...

What a unique fountain!

Randi said...

What a beautiful fountain!
Have a nice trip!
Happy Easter!

Pelfy said...

That's a beautiful crab fountain. At first glance, I thought it was a transformers. Haha.. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend (=

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

Maybe it's my Asian-ness but instead of a crab, I saw an anime robot in that sculpture! ;b

Natalie said...

That's really neat! I had no idea Canada was so young.

leslie said...

Very nice photos! I thought of that sculpture but just didn't want to drive into the city to take photos. Glad you enjoyed what I did do for today, though. Have a great week! :D

Jen said...

That is such a cool fountain! I loved that you picked this for this week's theme! I like unique things! Have a great weekend!

Joyismygoal said...

cool sculpture i ate crabs tonight

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

me may see that as a monstrosity but I kinda like it. What about you, JMB?

Jenn said...

oh wow...that's so innovative! very good! thanks for dropping by my hunt!

Huey said...

Whoa. I felt as if I was looking at Transformers or something. Interesting fountain.

archiearchive said...

How fantastic!

ipanema said...

i love the crab fountain! it looks menacing in itself...what a structure.

Happy EAster! :)

diXymiss said...

Beautiful fountain ~ worth the trek up north to see for myself. ThanX for sharing and happy photo hunting.

Lynn said...

I guess the makers of Transformers were inspired by this fountain. But it's interesting kidding aside.

eastcoastlife said...

I love this crab fountain... lucky it's not crap. hehe....

jams o donnell said...

Wow jmb, that's brilliant. I love it!

mama meji said...

I like the look of the Grab Fountain. Very interesting design -makes me wonder of the reason behind this work of art.

pat said...

Oh wow - what a cool fountain!!

Happy Weekend.

deep down the hearts said...

you have a very good entry for this week...wow!...have a nice day!...and thanks for dropping to my site...

Janice Thomson said...

A unique fountain Jmb. Wonderful metal craftsmanship. The building is quite unusual too. This was a great post for the theme. Have a pleasant Easter weekend!

PowersTwinB said...

Oh thats about the pretties fountain I've seen! It must gleam in the sunlight! Great subject for the hunt! My hunt is up, please come and visit soon

WillThink4Wine said...

That is a beautiful fountain!

JesieBlogJourney said...

Wow! I'm sure the metal crab founntain is pretty. It remind me of the bird fountain from Cananda which is located at the entrance to the KLCC twin towers on the children's payground side.

the teach said...

Incredible fountain! Great for the Photo Hunters theme! Have a great week, jmb. See you when you get back! :)

byrningbunny said...

This is an amazing sculpture. I love the first shot the best.

starnitesky said...

That is a delightful fountain, I would love to see it in person.
Happy Easter.

Patricia said...

That is a really cool fountain. Some people are so creative. Thanks for sharing, JMB, and thanks for stopping by the creek. Have a blessed Easter.

Pato & Pearl said...

Nice shot of the fountain. Suddenly reminds me of Transformers..hehehe

Pearl

JC said...

That's wild... very interesting. Happy Easter to you and yours!

Gledwood said...

wow! such a bizarre place you live in!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Amazing!

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi. I'm sorry for my late visit. That metal crab structure is magnificent. It looks almost formidable with those pincers. Great shots!