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    Does anyone have an an aerial photo or drawing of Coronation Park showing the observatory and walkways (before the Space Science Centre was built)?

    What did the sidewalk layout represent? What was it symbolic of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Does anyone have an an aerial photo or drawing of Coronation Park showing the observatory and walkways (before the Space Science Centre was built)?

    What did the sidewalk layout represent? What was it symbolic of?
    I claim that it appeared to be in the shape of the Walt Disney character Goofy's head. And it still kinda looks that way but I wouldn't put down money that that was the actual intent. The design was symmetrical, so you can pretty much figure out what it used to look like.

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    City of Edmonton Archives is the best place to see City of Edmonton Aerial Photography. Second choice is Alberta Government Air Photo Distribution.
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    They used to have aerial photos at the Centre's website but they aren't up anymore
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    The layout represented the planets of the solar system, with the planetarium being the sun.

    On the main walk to the planetarium there were tabs representing the radial position of each planet.

    When the Space Sciences Center opened in 1984, these were kept and refurbished, but the orbital layout was damaged. Nonetheless, if you look at Google maps, remove the SSC, and imagine loops on the main walk from the corner of 112/142 to the planetarium, you'll have it, more or less. I couldn't find any aerial shots of it, either.

    After several years I visited whatever-the-sponsored-name-of-the-place-is-now last spring, and was a little disgusted that most of the planet name-plates in the walk had vanished. In 2003 they were still in place.

    I remember the park from my early days in Edmonton late seventies, and even then it had a slightly old-fashioned feel to it. It is a kind of space-age fifties layout that no longer exists. Too bad.

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    If anyone has an old aerial photo, please post it.

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    Found a pretty good one already posted to c2e. Id'd still like to see an original photo before the Space Sciences Centre / Telus World of Science was built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesC View Post
    That Planitarium is simpley fantastic. I have on numerous times gone on and on about the beauties of the original Coronation Park plan. Perfect symmetry...absolutely fantastic.
    Indeed...i always enjoy looking at the overall site, especially the graphic created by the celestial-like walkway system. I love the shape of the ellipse in front of the planetarium.

    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum...?t=6482&page=4

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    http://www.edmontonsarchitecturalher...0468_popup.jpg

    Here's an angled aerial view from before the World of Science was built. There's a brief mention of what the lines and circles represent:

    Directly in front of the Planetarium, Edmonton artist Heinrich Eichner created mosaic tile interpretations of the twelve constellations in the zodiac.
    http://maps.edmontonheritage.ca/edmo...oronation-park

    Edit: Sorry, the tiles mentioned were immediately in front of the planetarium and shows things like a crab for cancer. I'll see if I can find a story.

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    ^I saw a brief mention that the pattern represents the Royal Sceptre but I can't find anything else to verify it. Google doesn't have any September 1960 Journals and I don't know when the walkways were finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH View Post


    http://www.edmontonsarchitecturalher...0468_popup.jpg

    Here's an angled aerial view from before the World of Science was built. There's a brief mention of what the lines and circles represent:

    Directly in front of the Planetarium, Edmonton artist Heinrich Eichner created mosaic tile interpretations of the twelve constellations in the zodiac.
    http://maps.edmontonheritage.ca/edmo...oronation-park

    Edit: Sorry, the tiles mentioned were immediately in front of the planetarium and shows things like a crab for cancer. I'll see if I can find a story.
    It's kind of phallic looking almost like a crop circle.
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking that from the very beginning of seeing this thread lol.

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    A pity that the TWOS was built over the crop circle. You can still see most of it intact in Google Maps as per post #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    A pity that the TWOS was built over the crop circle. You can still see most of it intact in Google Maps as per post #7
    We in Edmonton have a tradition of destroying tradition around here. So it was only fitting that they stuck an awkward incongruous looking new addition on the Space Sciences Centre/TWOS. (I wonder what Cardinal thought of that.)
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    I imagine Cardinal hated how it was built but they had to worry about money so some of the tubes would have made it cost a LOT more. The addition made it worse.

    Some of the original ideas...
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...dinterface.pdf
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...1981-edmag.pdf
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...bitsnbytes.pdf

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    ^I like those designs. Even though the new addition has brought more functionality to the building the architecture of the entire complex has been hurt by the addition.
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    Agreed.

    Would have been better if it had been more centrally located as originally envisioned as well. Not necessarily in Rossdale, but somewhere it could synergise with something. Ideally downtown.

    Still think at this point they should see about re-locating to the old RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    I imagine Cardinal hated how it was built but they had to worry about money so some of the tubes would have made it cost a LOT more. The addition made it worse.

    Some of the original ideas...
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...dinterface.pdf
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...1981-edmag.pdf
    http://www.djcarchitect.com/articles...bitsnbytes.pdf
    I hope a picture of that is in the what might have been thread on c2e. He had a great vision compared to what eventually went up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
    ^I like those designs. Even though the new addition has brought more functionality to the building the architecture of the entire complex has been hurt by the addition.
    When you see additions like that you realize that some cities just shouldn't bother with wonderful designs and should just stick to stuffing everything into big-box style buildings.

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    A little off-topic here, but when I look at old pictures of Edmonton like the one above, I find it very striking how few trees seemed to be in Edmonton in the mid 20th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Eyes View Post
    A little off-topic here, but when I look at old pictures of Edmonton like the one above, I find it very striking how few trees seemed to be in Edmonton in the mid 20th century.
    A growing city - a small, fairly young city. Check out the huge old Silver maples around High Street. they were planted by an Edmonton Gardening group about 100 years ago I believe.

    I was at Rundle last weekend and a canoe instructor there pretty much said the same thing. He'd taught at Rundle in the 1980s and couldn't believe how heavily tired it was now compared to back then.

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