Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday Vignette Old Meets New

Our town is experiencing a bit of growth.  Next to this grand old building, another hotel is being erected.  The two existing hotels (one was built shortly after the convention center was erected) in proximity to our convention center aren't sufficient to accommodate  the volume of folks that the convention center can host.

Inside the convention center itself, old-growth lumber is hung as artwork, a tip of the hat to Tacoma's past.  Do they look like battering rams poised and ready to break out of their glass and metal prison?  Poignant is the artificial evergreen tree dwarfed in the corner.  Smallest of all is the human form.  So small and yet capable of creating and destroying so much.

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  1. So small, and often so misguided and destructive... I know exactly what you mean. When I lived in Columbus, OH, the city was trying so hard to become a destination for something. Now, the inner east side (German Village) had several beautiful old, defunct, German brewery buildings with quite a bit of character, on cobbled streets. What they should have done was some kind of creative adaptive reuse of the buildings, but instead, with the notable exception of one showy portal (the token nod to the old), it was all leveled, and tall condos erected. I nearly cried.

    Great shot with the scale figure at the top of the stairs! Interesting use of the old growth timber as art work. I bet you very few even reflect on the fact that by now, at the end of our continued ravaging of our planet, that kind of wood barely exists any more, except in existing, old buildings, and in the rare, remaining grove of old growth trees. Maybe that's why it was featured so prominently? ... but I kind of doubt it.

  2. The "grand old building" in the first picture looks like it's sliding, slowly, (metaphorically?), into oblivion. Some of the new shiny construction that pops up everywhere (in Seattle) is quite lovely, but it happens too fast; I hardly recognize my own city sometimes.
    I appreciate the nod to old growth, but feel the display is rather luck luster; maybe it looks better in person.

  3. The interior shot is interesting. I made me think of Escher's art.


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