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Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2023[for full experience open in full screen]  

 
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Eaton Centre is a shopping mall and office complex in the downtown core of Toronto. It was named after the Eaton's department store chain that once anchored it before the chain went defunct in 1999s. Of course its owner since 19th century, Timothy Eaton is where the name is coming from. It is home to 255 stores, restaurants and services.

The Eaton's land was occupied by Eaton's large Main Store, the Eaton's Annex and a number of related mail order and factory buildings. As the chain's warehouse and support operations were increasingly shifting to cheaper suburban locales in the 1960s, Eaton's wanted to make better use of its valuable downtown landholdings. In particular, the chain wanted to build a massive new flagship store to replace the aging Main Store at Yonge and Queen street.

  In the mid-1960s, Eaton's announced plans for a massive office and shopping complex that would occupy several city blocks. At the time of the centre's opening in 1977 and even when expanded in 1990 it was still much smaller than today.

The complex was designed by Eberhard Zeidler and Bregman + Hamann Architects as a multi-levelled, vaulted glass-ceiling galleria, modelled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. At the time, the interior design of the Eaton Centre was considered revolutionary and influenced shopping centre architecture throughout North America. To this day, constant changes are happening and end is not in sight.

  We stoped using almost entirely shopping malls long before Covid, but after Covid this is a first time I am inside, and that is not for shopping, it was a warm shortcut on this cold November day.

Currently vibrant celebration of Canadian culture is at Toronto Eaton Centre! Familiar pathway has been transformed into a canvas housing five interactive art exhibits that explore the different lights and colours of our country. Seven artists, representing Indigenous communities across Canada, collaborated on a special feature that celebrates Indigenous artistry, screated by artists Mariah Meawasige, Kaya Joan, Aeden Corey, Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, Emily Kewageshig, Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun and Casey Koyczan.

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