Closer To Home: Talus Dome 🔮

Editor’s note: Once a week for the next bit here at Transforming Edmonton we’re sharing some of our favourite places in the city. The pandemic has shortened the travel horizon for many. And that’s okay, because there are plenty of gems in different parts of our city that are worth a visit. Each week a different City of Edmonton team member gives you a story about a fave spot closer to home. This is Glenn Kubish’s view.

This post won’t end the debate over the Talus Dome.

Some love it, some not so much. Some don’t like where it’s located, some think it’s perfect. Some give it a one star rating, some go all out with five.

I can reflect only on how it works when I visit.

I visit when there’s a good chance I’ll be the only one there. Other than the sun.

Talus Dome, 8:29 a.m., October 14, 2020

I enjoy getting up close and using the silver balls as TV monitors that reflect the movement around me.

I try to wander around a bit and get a different perspective on the sculpture and its setting.

Talus Dome, 8:26 a.m., October 14, 2020

I like watching people communicate with the Talus Dome.

Talus Dome draws attention from those on foot, bike, September 27, 2020

And I like being open to whatever thoughts happen to drop in when I drop by. Earlier this week, when I went by at sunrise, I imagined one of the ball bearings at the bottom coming loose, sending the whole pile rolling, clanging down the hill toward the bulrushes. And that led to another thought: It takes a lot of effort and strength to just stand still and be in one place together. Like family, like community. Like Edmonton, in a way.

I went away, changed a bit by that thought, as I headed back to the Quesnell Bridge.

I looked back at the Talus Dome, now on the other side of the nearby staircase. My eye caught a tarp and a blanket under the stairs. It had been someone’s sleeping space, now abandoned. I imagined the reflection of that Edmontonian captured in every one of the stainless steel spheres of the Talus Dome, and then headed home.

Talus Dome, 8:21 a.m., October 14, 2020

There’s a lot more to learn about the Talus Dome

Here’s where to find it in person:

Editor’s Note: the pic at the top of the post shows a flash of sunrise captured by the Talus Dome at 8:20 a.m., October 14, 2020.