As North America’s busiest shopping mall and office complex, Eaton Centre has more visitors in a year than both Minneapolis’ Mall of America and New York City’s Central Park. It’s a photogenic centerpiece of Toronto’s growing list of tourist attractions. Don’t be discouraged by the ultra-70s exterior. Inside you’ll find 125 square miles of shops, art, and an avant-garde pedestrian walkway across Queen Street.
Here’s your opportunity to wow your followers with a piece of post-modern art. The 1979 installation of 60 Canadian geese in flight is permanently on display in the skylit galleria. Each goose is constructed from styrofoam, fiberglass, and photographs taken of a single goose. Snap a shot of a digital image of a fake goose clothed in a moment of light captured on silver emulsion and paper. The flock, in broken formation, is frozen in motion like it's preparing to land in the mall. The installation, called Flight Stop, was created by experimental filmmaker Michael Snow. It’s one of the Centre’s primary tourist attractions and its most famous icon.
In the evening glow, the Pedestrian Bridge that connects the Eaton Centre to the Hudson Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue stores resembles an alien wormhole over Queen Street. This 2017 upgrade replaced a 40-year-old version of the bridge, and now the two million people who cross it every year can walk in 21st-century style. The glass and bronze panels create an interplay of sun and shadows for the creative Instagrammer. Walk across and find inspiration for your next fave post!
The YouTube Video below by Torontopia gives you a moving snapshot of what to expect:
Cover image of "Eaton Centre Shop Window" by Nikolay Spassov is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.