Last week, when I drove along Riverside Drive, I thought I had spotted two large birds perched on the edge of the bridge that spans the Rideau River and divides Carleton University, on the north-west side of the bridge, from the RA Centre and Billings Bridge, on the south-east side.
But as I drew nearer, just before I passed under the bridge, I knew the birds weren't real, that they were some sort of statues.
And in that moment, I knew I had to return and capture them for Where In Ottawa.
I was hopeful that it would take some time for somebody to identify the location of these birds, but it only took nine minutes for John MacNab to figure it out. A bit of serendipity, he admitted, as it was only this morning, as he drove through morning traffic, that he noticed them for the first time.
Way to go, John! You should have a copy of my book by now.
I could not find anything that explains why these birds—are they falcons?—are perched here. Below, on the pillar that supports this span of the bridge, are beautiful concrete slabs with carved birds, but no plaque, no indication of the significance of the art.
If anyone knows, I'd love to hear from you. Leave something in the Comments section of this post.
Where In Ottawa returns Monday, February 2.