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SPACING: CN Tower anniversary & the highest free-standing poster

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the CN Tower. For many of us it is just part of the city’s skyline, but it dramatically remade the image of this city when it was finalized (Shawn Micallef had a little post about today on the Wire a few days back). To mark the occasion, the same helicopter that put the finishing touches on top of the tower 30 years ago will again hover over top of the world tallest free-standing building. You can watch this with your own eyes starting at 6:45pm.

Edit at 3:15pm: I made a mistake, the helicopter event happened yesterday.

Our Monday morning article (technically it is afternoon now) is fittingly dedicated to the CN Tower. In our Public Art issue (Winter 2006) Shawn Micallef wrote about a poster plastered inside the very top portion of the CN Tower by local artist Rick Simon. Read about the world’s tallest free-standing poster.

photo courtesy IEEE Canada



  1. They did the hovering thing last night too. It was cool thinking about what it was like 30 years ago (when I was but a wee lad of a few months), seeing it.

  2. Is it hovering tonight too? I thought it was just yesterday. An excuse to look at the tower at 6:45 i guess.

  3. Although I grew up in Kitchener, we had heard about the Fall-Zone poster. K-W falls outside of the Zone, but us kids were convinced that the CN Tower falling would tip straight over, snapping where the building meets Front St. And the force of the fall would cause earthquakes in our neighbourhood.

    We also spent a lot of time preparing for 80s-era nuclear war scenarios by speculating about the Fall-Zones of local structures (church spires, semi-conductor towers). We also wondered if they could be engineered to collapse on schools and the houses of kids that we were mad at that day.

  4. Bob, in the early to mid 1980s I would build these antennea arrays out of Lego that were for detecting incoming nuclear missiles. Mostly the fault of The Day After, the scariest hyperbolic movie ever made.