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Glass Tower at Ireland Park (1)

This column of light is part of a memorial in Ireland Park (behind the Canada Malting silos) that honours those who fled from the famine in Ireland in 1847 to start a new life in Toronto. Of the more than 38,000 Irish who arrived in the city, 1,100 died before the year drew to a close.

Ireland Park is one of the eeriest spots in the city at night. Sculptures depicting the emaciated victims of famine become haunted spectres in the dark. The column of light feels like a device from a sci-fi or horror movie that a scientist tests out too soon with tragic results (as in the Cronenberg version of The Fly).

Photo taken June 3, 2010. More photos from this walk from my Flickr stream and from hyfen. - JB

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