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Portrait of the Bloor Street Viaduct

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Damn, I walked all the way down the stairs from Castle Frank for this shot and it’s almost identical to the one on Wikipedia. Oh well, it was another gorgeous day and the walk home was good for 11,000 steps.

East and west subway trains run below the surface roadway and I am impressed that the builders planned to accommodate a subway that wouldn’t even exist until decades after the bridge opened to cars.

When I crossed the Prince Edward Viaduct [the official name] on foot, I got a closer look at the suicide prevention “sculpture” strung along both sides of the bridge.

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It’s a curious structure because the most visible parts…the girders that angle out from the bridge, seem to have so little to do with supporting the curtain of vertical stainless steel rods that actually curtail jumping. I guess it IS a sculpture rather than a purely utilitarian fence. Danica sees rows of crucifixes. For me, the wire-like rods are reminiscent of those cheese and hard boiled egg slicer gizmos. Perhaps both interpretations were intended.


1 donna { 02.27.12 at 10:12 am }

I haven’t seen too many pictures of this suicide barrier and you don’t see it all all going through the bridge via subway.

Recalling the drawings I thought it looked much more interesting – and more attractive. It actually makes me think of crucifixes.

Can’t get it out of my mind – ok maybe they can be telephone poles, nicer thought.

2 Diane { 05.07.17 at 4:35 pm }

I think this barrier looks terrible. I do not live in the area so I haven’t seen it in person. However, just seeing the photos, this isn’t a view of a violin like structure like I read about, it is more of a crooked monstrosity that does not blend in with the bridge whatsoever. Perhaps a more stone colored paint would be better instead of this hard grey.

3 bill { 05.07.17 at 4:57 pm }

It’s not my cup of tea, either, Diane.

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