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Rebuilding a Legend: Ryerson's transformation of the Gardens

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Rebuilding a Legend:  Ryerson's transformation of the Gardens into the sweetest hockey rink ever, a photo exhibit by Toronto photographer Norm Betts, running November 1st through December 31st, 2012 at Jet Fuel, 519 Parliament St., Toronto.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the images Betts took between June 2010 and September 2012, on what he calls a dream assignment, having been granted access to photograph anything as long as it didn't slow construction, and was within the bounds of safety.


APRIL 6, 2011 - Two cranes move a giant beam into place which will become the top edge of the seating in the west side and the corner of the ceiling of the baskteball / volleyball gym on the second floor.


July 2, 2010 - Just before workers began pouring the floor of the parking garage.


January 19, 2011 - A worker with a torch cuts one of the original seating supports.


October 2, 2010 - A worker trowels a smooth surface on a concrete pour in the levels below street level.


November 11, 2011 -  Pouring concrete to form the various levels of seating around the rink.


November 22, 2011 - The sign crew building the new marquee hoist the Ryerson part into place on the traditional styled marquee over the gardens front doors.


March 20, 2012 - Pouring the final layer of concrete for the ice pad.


April 26, 2012 - Graffitti from the last Leafs' game on a wall above the top row of the old greys in Section 19.


July 17, 2012 - Laying down one of the many layers of ice to build its thickness.


 July 25, 2012 - The electric Zamboni makes it's very first pass.


 July 30, 2012 - An electrician skates at a lunch time skate for staff.


May 11, 2012 -  The building shown viewed from the southeast at dusk.




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