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30 Days of Photos IV - Day 20 - Transparent


You know it's amazing what you find in your own backyard.

Until this photo challenge I really didn't know the significance  of some of the things around town.

Look at this, for example.

It was installed in 2010 in nearby Hull, Quebec by Montreal artist and architect Hal Ingberg.

The structure is called "Papa" (not bad for a prompt of trans-parent, eh?) and it is an enclosure created with large multi-coloured, transparent glass walls.

I've often driven by this and never given it a thought. In fact from the street it doesn't look like anything special.

But yesterday I parked the car and went around to the other side of the structure.

I was blown away by the colourful shadows caused by the morning sunshine.

I decided to share it here with you.

See how transparent my photo-blogging buddies are today by peeking in on Ziva. She's as open as a book.

Comments

babs (beetle) said…
Wow! That is really beautiful!



Is there a use for this structure, or is it purely decorative?
nonamedufus said…
Purely decorative, Babs. It's art.
Ziva said…
Ohh, look at all the pretty colors! They make the sunlight so much more tolerable.
babs (beetle) said…
Well, it brightens a day, that's for sure.
Agent 54 said…
Ah ha! Are those panes Transparent or Translucent? Yeah, deep.
nonamedufus said…
Looking at it from the street it's nothing all that special. The beauty of it is from the other angle looking our to the street into the sun. It was an interesting find.
nonamedufus said…
Really, the coloured shadows were gorgeous. I hate to be a pane (yuk, yuk) but my photo doesn't do it justice.
nonamedufus said…
I wondered the same thing but the official description calls them transparent. So there.
nonamedufus said…
Yeah, it is isn't it.
nonamedufus said…
Yeah, and I didn't realize how beautiful until I actually stopped to take a closer look. That'll teach me.
ReformingGeek said…
That is gorgeous! I love finding treasure in my own backyard. :)
meleahrebeccah said…
Oh my word! That is absolutely gorgeous!! Wowzers!
Linda Medrano said…
Stunning! Really wonderful structure and photo!
Tami Von Zalez said…
Participating in these challenges does make one look at the world in a different way.
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful sculpture, NoName. I'm glad you took that walk.
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
Wouldn't something that was truly transparent be unseeable?
nonamedufus said…
This was really an unexpected find. Perfectly suited to today's prompt.
nonamedufus said…
It is, isn't it. I wonder what it cost?
nonamedufus said…
And it's right at the corner of an intersection so people see it all the time. Although, like me until yesterday they probably have no idea of the backstory.
nonamedufus said…
Through coloured glasses!
nonamedufus said…
My other choice was saran wrap. I'm glad I went for this.
nonamedufus said…
Not entirely. That'd be invisible. Transparent means:
crystalline
crystal clear
limpid
lucid
pellucid
diaphanous
filmy
gauzy
gauze-like
gossamer
see-through
sheer
vaporous
vapourous
cobwebby
guileless
Shawn Ohara said…
With all those orange construction pylons behind it it had to be in Quebec.
Nice capture though!
Cheryl said…
Probably not but you will remember this lesson the next time you ignore something for over 2 years. ;-)
nonamedufus said…
You are very observant, Shawn. The orange construction pylons were going to be my pic for "frustration".
nonamedufus said…
I will? What would I ignore for 2 years?
Cheryl said…
Could be anything just like a big colorful glass wall. Oops, that was 3 years.
nonamedufus said…
You've lost me. Have you been drinking?
Jay of The Depp Effect said…
That is very beautiful! I think I'd want to stop every couple of days and just go round and look at it for a while.
Cheryl said…
I don't drink so I can't use that for an excuse. You said 'that'll teach me' and I replied 'probably not, etc.' The etc. still makes complete sense to me but I think I was unclear. Faggettaboutit, m'kay? (Off topic, I Googled this to get a better look at all the sides and it's really quite amazing.)
nonamedufus said…
I think I was drinking. Okay, I think I get it. I said it was built in 2010 but I din't really focus on it until now, 3 years later. Duh. I'm kinda slow today.
nonamedufus said…
I don't need to stop at it any more. I have a picture of it!
How beautiful! It reminds me of sea glass and stained glass!
Cheryl P. said…
I love it. I can only imagine how pretty the light shining through those colored panels are. I agree with Katherine...it's reminiscent of stained glass.
nonamedufus said…
Yeah, I can see it has that similarity.
nonamedufus said…
You know I should have taken a selfie in the coloured shade. Missed opportunity, Damn.
I must have missed that while I was trying to drive and read the directions to your house at the same time. Wish I'd seen it... it looks very cool.
I like the word diaphanous... that is, if I had to pick my favorite of these synonyms. Pellucid... not so much.
nonamedufus said…
You wouldn't have passed it. It's just east of us. You would to have driven past our place. And why would you have done that? Weren't we illuminating enough?
nonamedufus said…
Diaphanous is good. You're crystal clear on that.
mike said…
Great pic, Dufus, and I knew that looked familiar. I looked it up and he did the windows for our Palais de Congres:
nonamedufus said…
Yeah, right. I've been there. I guess he had some glass left over.
Jackal said…
Wonderful ! very photogenic.
nonamedufus said…
Thank you so much.
P.J. said…
That's in your backyard? Is it weird when people come by and look at it? And if it's in your backyard, why do you need to drive by it? Are you on a golf cart? You Canadians confuse me.
nonamedufus said…
It's not weird at all.I charge admission.

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