Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto

Paperback | May 31, 2006

byTerry Murray

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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.

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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...

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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 ov...

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 Ne...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 4.25 × 0.6 inPublished:May 31, 2006Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887847412

ISBN - 13:9780887847417

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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