Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto

by Terry Murray

House Of Anansi Press Inc | May 31, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

Faces on Places takes us into the fascinating world of mythical and historical persons and icons that have been watching over Toronto and its inhabitants for centuries.

If you look up with author Terry Murray, you'll see beyond glass and steel and stone to spy Gargoyles, Griffins, Dragons, Angels, Portraits of Important Personages (and Caricatures of those same folk). Murray has photographed over sixty Toronto buildings, interviewed architects, stone carvers, and building occupants, and scoured archives for original architectural plans, to discover who these creatures are, and why they exist.

Faces on Places is organized by type of sculpture, and contains street addresses and maps for suggested walking tours. It is an elegant and reliable guide to the city's most silent and intriguing citizens.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8 × 4.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 31, 2006

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887847412

ISBN - 13: 9780887847417

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Faces! I had to write this review when I read Susan Mason's review. This book doesn't pretend to be about the *buildings* as much as it is about the *faces* on the buildings. So she shouldn't have expected to get pictures of the buildings. The book's strength is the close-up pictures of gargoyles and other faces that you can't see well from the street. Still, there is a lot of history about the buildings, as well as fascinating information about the carvings on the buildings. Susan - if you want a book about Toronto architecture per se, you want to read another book. If you're a gargoyle/grotesque enthusiast, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Where to look! I have other books on Gargoyles, Grotesques etc., and was looking forward to this one as it was about my very own city! But, I have to say I was a little bit disappointed....I'm not exactly sure what it was, but I found myself wishing for more information and trying to picture the building or the story behind the building or "art work" more. Maybe this is because I have more knowledge and attachment to the city, whereas with other books this is not so. I also found the format a little disjointed even though "like" things were together. Perhaps building by building would have been better ? Nice little book to have as a starting point if you want to check things out, but I would probably want to add other brochures and material to build on this foundation to fully appreciate the information and buildings' history.
Date published: 2006-07-21

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Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto

by Terry Murray

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8 × 4.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 31, 2006

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887847412

ISBN - 13: 9780887847417

From the Publisher

Faces on Places takes us into the fascinating world of mythical and historical persons and icons that have been watching over Toronto and its inhabitants for centuries.

If you look up with author Terry Murray, you'll see beyond glass and steel and stone to spy Gargoyles, Griffins, Dragons, Angels, Portraits of Important Personages (and Caricatures of those same folk). Murray has photographed over sixty Toronto buildings, interviewed architects, stone carvers, and building occupants, and scoured archives for original architectural plans, to discover who these creatures are, and why they exist.

Faces on Places is organized by type of sculpture, and contains street addresses and maps for suggested walking tours. It is an elegant and reliable guide to the city's most silent and intriguing citizens.

About the Author

Terry Murray is an award-winning journalist and photographer specializing in medicine. For more than twenty years she has been on the staff of the The Medical Post, a weekly newspaper for Canadian doctors. Her articles and photographs have also appeared in numerous general interest publications in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and she has contributed gargoyle photographs and articles to the New York Carver website. Terry Murray is a sought-after speaker and instructor, known for the excellent content of her presentations as well as her easy manner, quick wit, and warmth. Since taking up gargoyle-hunting ten years ago, she has developed a permanent crick in her neck from looking up.

From Our Editors

From the foreword by Christopher Hume "Toronto is a cityof secrets. It reveals itself slowly, bit by bit, detail by detail. This is as true of the physical landscape -- with all its hidden ravines -- as it is of our cultural topography. Toronto's architecture is no different. Just ask Terry Murray, whose book, Faces on Places, will come as a revelation to even the most diehard city explorer. Who knew Toronto possessed such a rich heritage of carved stone buildings? Who knew the city and its buildings were so alive with dragons, griffins, and grotesques, let alone cherubim, seraphim, and plain ordinary angels?" "The subtext of Faces on Places is our continuing struggle to create a distinctly Canadian mythology, to develop a language, architectural and aesthetic, that enables us to tell our own stories." "The modernists insisted that architecture was simply a matter of form and function. How wrong they were! To read Murray's welcome volume is to be reminded that the buildings we love are those that speak to us. The stone in which they are writ may be worn down by wind, snow, and rain, but the tales they tell never lose their appeal." From the foreword by Joe Chiffriller "Jump in anywhere within these pages and you will come to suspect that Terry Murray was herself a stone carver in a former life. With a passionate interest in Toronto masters who have come before her, she has unearthed old documents and then fearlessly scaled the rooftops to inspect and record their work. Now sh
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