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LOCATIONS

TRINITY SQUARE PARK, TORONTO
RON NANTEL

by RON NANTEL

...like a
walled garden
with its own
microclimate.

laude Debussy famously said that music is the space between the notes.
I have found the architectural equivalent tucked in the centre of Canada's
largest city - Toronto's Trinity Square Park.
For a public square defined by a shopping centre, an office building and
a church, the space feels private, even secretive - like a walled garden
with its own microclimate. What grows here is self-awareness and peace of mind - if
you let it.
At the heart of the park is a meticulously paved labyrinth, based on the one in
France's Chartres Cathedral. Standing at the centre of the six-petal rose, I do a slow
pan around to take in the Church of the Holy Trinity (1843), a clock tower, Reverend
Scadding's townhouse (1862) and a row of three archways, all surrounded by a line
of densely planted trees.
The start and stop of a water sculpture provides an alternating rhythm of silence
and ambient waterfall sounds. The flow bubbles out from a tall outlet to wind its way
into an ornamental pond, echoing the ghosts of Taddle Creek, a long-buried stream.
Most tourists seem to stumble upon the place by accident. Many homeless hang
out here out of habit. My visits are all-too-infrequent treats to myself.
Form and shape cannot exist without space. Yet without these buildings, as unrelated
to each other as they are, there would be no Holy Trinity Park - my favourite place.
RON NANTEL is an illustrator with a Toronto-based entertainment design firm. He paints, writes and
dabbles in motion comics when not indulging his penchant for French graphic novels and heist movies.

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Message from the Board
Introduction to The Right Angle Journal
Places
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Index to Advertisers
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