The Shaw Building Fountain. An Artist’s Review.


Shawing building fountain.

Shaw Building building fountain.

When I was a kid the Shaw building fountain was something that really caught my attention. Maybe I liked it so much because I always wanted to jump in for a swim, or maybe it just that it was the largest fountain in town, and shot water high into the air. At night it’s many coloured lights added a gaudy atmosphere to the rather unimaginative plaza that it’s situated in.┬áSadly it has fallen into disrepair and has been almost forgotten.

Fountain.

Fountain.

The fountain is situated in a plaza that is surrounded on three sides by the Provincial government offices. The buildings are particularly ugly, and though one is finished in brick, the other two are raw concrete, and to me seem almost unfinished. If you get close to the buildings there are holes drilled in the concrete, and I wonder if they are anchor points for stone or brickwork.

With a little work this space could be a vibrant and enjoyable place, a few trees, benches, and the fountain restored would make for a vast improvement.

1967.

1967.

1967 was the centennial year for Canada. Much rejoicing for what was supposed to have been Canada’s century!

Name plaque.

Name plaque.

The sculpture entitled Poulia is by Quebec artist Charles Daudelin.

Surveying for the future.

Surveying for the future.

To me it seems the future turned out to be pretty bleak for this fountain. 1967 was a celebration year for Canada, and I suppose the intention was that this fountain and plaza would be a vibrant monument to the centennial year of Canada

Fountain sculpture.

Fountain sculpture.

Though I like the sculpture, I find it very typical of Canadian art of the period. Not too abstract, and with just a bit of a nod to the grand Canadian wilderness. Designed not to offend anyone, anywhere, a Canadian sculpture, and very clearly not American, and yet strangely British. I would be surprised if the basin could still hold water, and I worry that some day the fountain will be taken apart, and the sculpture scrapped.

An Artist’s Review. Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew, and Fuller’s ESB.


I enjoyed Fuller’s London Porter so much I decided to try a couple different Fuller’s beers I found at my local beer store. I was unsure when I bought it whether I would enjoy the Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew. I tend to like stronger darker beers, and I have to admit I really don’t like honey all that much.

When I poured it, it was a beautiful amber colour with a medium head. It smelled nice with a faint honey aroma. When I tasted it, I found it to be a weak beer without much character, and the Honey was actually a bit bland for my taste.

Fuller’s ESB or Extra Strong Bitter was more to my taste, and I really loved this beer. It is a beautiful dark brown colour with a strong foamy head. The taste is rich and smooth with a nice aftertaste. As a matter of fact this beer has kind of spoiled me, and everything I’ve tasted since has seemed so weak and uninteresting. The only problem is it doesn’t come by the dozen, and it is a bit expensive.