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Poll: Should the sale include the famous Aporia sculpture AKA The Sausage, The Intestine, The Bowel Movement
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Yes let them have it
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Courthouse 200 Frederick St, Kitchener
#46
(04-23-2017, 07:52 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote:
(04-23-2017, 11:25 AM)tomh009 Wrote: There is no question that it's art.  But there are very, very few people who like all art, most people have fairly strong preferences or opinions.  Some art is polarizing, provoking or even offensive -- and sometimes intentionally.  But it's still art. Smile

I couldn't agree more with you. I don't have an artistic bone in my body but, art is meant to inspire, it sometimes tells a story, it causes discussion. This art my not be beautiful, but it is ever so interesting and we should be proud that it is there. I hope the region leaves it as is. It is a part of our history.

If you guys ever get a chance, go to the Kitchener Operations Facility on Goodrich Dr, through the main entrance. Work of art almost appears to be a bunch of ceiling fans somehow merged together. As weird looking as the work of "art" is outside the Courthouse, this non-weird looking "art" inside the Operations Facility doesn't even resemble art. Yet it is.
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#47
(04-23-2017, 07:41 PM)Canard Wrote: Absolutely adore the building, absolutely adore Aporia.  This is fantastic news!  I take a picture of it almost every time I go by.

The only thing I'm going to be sad about is seeing the sans-serif 80's-era "Ontario" fonts going away, and being replaced with tacky Regional logos and stuff everywhere.

You touch on an interesting point - the exterior of the building.  I can admire a good Brutalist building, but in this case, I'm wondering what kind of image it projects of WRPS to be located in that building, which is pretty cold and forbidding looking?  Perhaps the re-purposing will include changes to soften the exterior?  Perhaps more windows?  Some colour?  

Or is this a non-issue?
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#48
1) I'm upset I got to play the role of "insider", but my info was wrong. I was told it was confidential until approved at a Regional meeting on Wednesday, then I read it in the Record a few hours later... LOL

2) Canard should be happy that WRPS only puts their Heraldic Shield on display, and not a whack load of Region W's! Wink

Coke
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#49
(04-24-2017, 08:56 AM)Coke6pk Wrote: 1) I'm upset I got to play the role of "insider", but my info was wrong.  I was told it was confidential until approved at a Regional meeting on Wednesday, then I read it in the Record a few hours later... LOL

It's only confidential until the agenda for the regional meeting is published! Which generally happens on Friday afternoons.
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#50
(04-24-2017, 08:14 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-23-2017, 07:41 PM)Canard Wrote: Absolutely adore the building, absolutely adore Aporia.  This is fantastic news!  I take a picture of it almost every time I go by.

The only thing I'm going to be sad about is seeing the sans-serif 80's-era "Ontario" fonts going away, and being replaced with tacky Regional logos and stuff everywhere.

You touch on an interesting point - the exterior of the building.  I can admire a good Brutalist building, but in this case, I'm wondering what kind of image it projects of WRPS to be located in that building, which is pretty cold and forbidding looking?  Perhaps the re-purposing will include changes to soften the exterior?  Perhaps more windows?  Some colour?  

Or is this a non-issue?

I was just thinking about that. There must be a way to make that building less cold. My guess is that they would add windows, perhaps fitting the theme of the Kitchener Heath Science Campus on King and Victoria, or the recent renovations to Sun Life (the old King Centre). Perhaps some coloured siding as well.
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#51
(04-24-2017, 04:09 PM)jeffster Wrote: I was just thinking about that. There must be a way to make that building less cold. My guess is that they would add windows, perhaps fitting the theme of the Kitchener Heath Science Campus on King and Victoria, or the recent renovations to Sun Life (the old King Centre).  Perhaps some coloured siding as well.

Noooooo, don't ruin the wonderful brutalism!
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#52
(04-25-2017, 07:57 AM)Markster Wrote:
(04-24-2017, 04:09 PM)jeffster Wrote: I was just thinking about that. There must be a way to make that building less cold. My guess is that they would add windows, perhaps fitting the theme of the Kitchener Heath Science Campus on King and Victoria, or the recent renovations to Sun Life (the old King Centre).  Perhaps some coloured siding as well.

Noooooo, don't ruin the wonderful brutalism!

Well, that's the conundrum.  My understanding is that the building is well regarded for its architecture.  I'm not sure how to balance that with public perceptions of WRPS (one is not expecting a warm hug, but still....).  Although, as I said before, it may not even be an issue.  Heck, even refreshed landscaping will help.    

Although additional windows might be good,  I''m pretty sure I wouldn't be advocating for "coloured siding" (perhaps that was intended to be tongue in cheek?).  Smile
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#53
(04-25-2017, 08:05 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Well, that's the conundrum.  My understanding is that the building is well regarded for its architecture.  I'm not sure how to balance that with public perceptions of WRPS (one is not expecting a warm hug, but still....).  Although, as I said before, it may not even be an issue.  Heck, even refreshed landscaping will help.    

Although additional windows might be good,  I''m pretty sure I wouldn't be advocating for "coloured siding" (perhaps that was intended to be tongue in cheek?).  Smile

It's not as if the current building is particularly welcoming.  Anyway, a lot could be done through simply landscaping.
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(04-25-2017, 09:34 AM)tomh009 Wrote:
(04-25-2017, 08:05 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Well, that's the conundrum.  My understanding is that the building is well regarded for its architecture.  I'm not sure how to balance that with public perceptions of WRPS (one is not expecting a warm hug, but still....).  Although, as I said before, it may not even be an issue.  Heck, even refreshed landscaping will help.    

Although additional windows might be good,  I''m pretty sure I wouldn't be advocating for "coloured siding" (perhaps that was intended to be tongue in cheek?).  Smile

It's not as if the current building is particularly welcoming.  Anyway, a lot could be done through simply landscaping.

I suppose that's true, although that building has some mid-century touches that I have always admired (orange ceramic inserts on the front half wall; inverted conical pillars of the portico; the triangle/hexagon panel above the entrance).  I also think they did a good job with the new blue spandrel panels (when were they installed?) - it gives the place a bit of brightness at least.
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#55
(04-25-2017, 08:05 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-25-2017, 07:57 AM)Markster Wrote: Noooooo, don't ruin the wonderful brutalism!

Well, that's the conundrum.  My understanding is that the building is well regarded for its architecture.  I'm not sure how to balance that with public perceptions of WRPS (one is not expecting a warm hug, but still....).  Although, as I said before, it may not even be an issue.  Heck, even refreshed landscaping will help.    

Although additional windows might be good,  I''m pretty sure I wouldn't be advocating for "coloured siding" (perhaps that was intended to be tongue in cheek?).  Smile

Supposed to colour match that intestine outside.

Though when I said colour, I probably should have said "shading". There must be a way to make it look less imposing, though, I guess if it's a police station, you are ruining the whole point.

But for sure, add some windows. Should be interesting to see what they do.
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