Saturday, October 9, 2010

last one standing...

About a year ago, a huge dilapidated grain elevator near our neighbourhood was severely damaged in a windstorm and was subsequently torn down... too bad I never photographed it. This smaller (but still tall) cousin is all that remains in the area, and I doubt it is even in use.

Grain elevators have been disappearing throughout Alberta... a bit ironic that Le Corbusier, observing the massive concrete elevators of the Great Lakes, heroically described them as manifesting "the New Age". But I am struck by the humble details and unpretentiousness of these simpler prairie structures that are reminiscent of familiar and simple residential construction... the local vernacular... very endearing indeed.

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