Monday, December 31, 2007

Inside the Crystal

Went down to the Royal Ontario Museum to see some of the first exhibits now beginning to populate the Crystal, the extraordinary architectural explosion on the north side of the staid old brick building.

Doubts about the Crystal grew as it did. All that weight of iron scaffolding, all those odd shapes, the cold heaviness of something sold to us as light as air.

And that was just the outside. Inside, yes, it is indeed full of odd angles, waste space, awkward sightlines. Those are some great dinosaurs but it's not a natural place to display them, nothing like the simpler box of the Tyrell in Drumheller, Alberta.
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