Royal Ontario Museum’s “Crystal” feted with music, lights


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The pictures don’t adequately convey last evening’s opening ceremonies (as reported by cbc.ca) which were held outside the Bloor Street entrance to the new Daniel Libeskind-designed “Crystal”, named for lead benefactor Michael Lee-Chin. An array of talent, headlined by Jann Arden, provided a wide variety of music – from an opera aria to rap to Canadian Idol Eva Avila, Leahy and Natalie MacMaster’s fiddling.

The exterior makes a great projection screen and, by closing off the street, a genuine plaza was created (which I could easily see being repeated for other special occasions).

I will be able to get better pictures of the building when I take a members’ tour on Monday. My vantage point right at the stage did not allow for wider perspectives.

The unusual architecture has sparked quite a lively debate in the city but all I can say is it is quite spectacular!

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