Since the design was unveiled in 2003, the ROM Crystal has forced everyone in Toronto choose sides: love or hate. Although I'm a heritage person, I've always been very much 'for' this project. I think the Crystal will be a new icon for the city, alongside the CN Tower and City Hall. It was a good risk to take.
The Crystal still smells of fresh paint.
It's so much bigger on the inside than I expected.
With all the niches, corners, gangplanks and stairways, I predict that dozens of schoolchildren will be lost forever on class trips to the Crystal.
The many sharp, protruding wall segments are sure to injure visitors. I like that.
As it is without any exhibits installed yet, the space is a big minimalist playground.
Ignore the haters, the Crystal is a good thing for Toronto.
The rest of my photos from the opening are here.