The Naked Lady in the Garden


One day while I was taking pictures of flowers in my neighborhood, I saw a beautiful lady standing naked in the garden.  She looked quite embarrassed and was trying to cover herself up with a flimsy little towel, but to no avail.  I apologized profusely for being in her garden and was about to leave when she asked for my name.  I told her mine and asked for hers. She said her name was Venus.  She was a Roman goddess.  Her husband’s name was Mars, the god of war, and they had a little boy named Cupid.

On my way home, I thought Venus was a little cuckoo.  A Roman goddess, my foot!  Next she would be telling me that her son Cupid can fly and somewhat expert in bow and arrow.  Yeah right!


Meet The Brickman

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The Brickman, photo by mzrosie

The Brickman stands tall (really tall) on the Jarvis St. side of the Vu condominium complex in downtown Toronto.

Some people said it was “hideous,” “awful,” “ridiculous”, “a joke” and a young woman heading into the condominium was even overhead saying: “Isn’t that the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen?”

Well, I think it is a tad plain but I don’t think it is ugly.  But I burst out laughing when I found out that the name of this tall sculpture was The Brickman.   I imagined it went like this …

Well, it looks like it’s made of brick and seems to be a man… so let’s call it The Brickman… and everyone said “Cool.”   And they all lived happily ever after.

Gotham City got Batman.  The city of Toronto got The Brickman. Who says life is fair?


The Fireman Sculpture in Toronto

The Fireman Sculpture in Toronto, photo by mzrosie

This beautiful sculpture depicting a Toronto firefighter in the act of rescuing a child can be found on Queens Park in downtown Toronto.   Beside the sculpture, stands a slab of granite showcasing a commemorative plaque inscribed on which is A Fire Fighter’s Prayer.

A Fire Fighter’s Prayer beside the Toronto Fireman Sculpture, photo by mzrosie

Gosh!  I don’t know about you, but that definitely touched my heart.   I want to go hug a fireman and say thank you… but they might not let a crazy old Chinese woman in the fire station.

… I don’t think it would help if I told them that I am not Chinese.  Old and crazy perhaps, but not Chinese.

The Praying Squirrel

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The Praying Squirrel, photo by mzrosie

The squirrel prayed, “Dear Lord, I hate to bother you, but this is very important.  I know You know who took a bite off my pine cone.  This pine cone is very special to me, dear Lord.  It was a gift to me from my beloved mama before she passed on to squirrel heaven.   So please, dear Lord, let me know who the culprit was.  Was it my brother Kyle or my brother John?”

The Lord replied, “I’m sorry but I cannot tell you.  You and your brothers are equally precious to Me.  But I can assure you, it was not your brother Kyle.”

The Forgotten Sculpture

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The Forgotten Sculpture, photo by mzrosie

It was on a side of an old house that was turned into multiple apartments in my neighborhood here in Toronto.  I almost missed it because it was rather small and covered with dirt.  The concrete sculpture was about three feet wide and two feet tall showing a cute duckling and an even cuter teddy bear.  And, of course, I said “Aww, how cute!”

The sculptor must have created this for his or her kids.  Or, he or she just loved ducklings and teddy bears.  I would never know.  The sculptor could be long gone by now.  And, the children had sold the old house and moved on.  But the poor little sculpture was left behind… and forgotten.

So, I took a picture and named it “The Forgotten Sculpture.”

Pass the tissue please.  sob sob sob

Venus of the Sea Sculpture

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Venus of the Sea, photo by mzrosie

This stunning sculpture of Venus of the Sea can be found not in a gallery, but in my neighborhood here in Toronto.  It is just standing there in front of a neighbor’s house.

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Venus of the sea-2, photo by mzrosie

I passed by this beautiful Venus sculpture every time I walked to the park.  But the other day, I saw that the owner had built a steel fence surrounding his property… I guess to prevent passersby like me from taking pictures.  Nah!  I think they did it to prevent people from touching their statue.  I swear, I didn’t touch their statue.  I only took photos.  But I was tempted.