Modern Mistake on Flickr.
On October 7, Sears Canada will close it’s downtown Vancouver location in the old Eaton’s building. Sadly, there will be almost a 3 year renovation on the building before something new (rumoured to be Nordstrom’s) opens up. The sad part of course is that this monstrousity is being renovated at all.
‘The Toilet’ as it’s known gives modern architecture a bad name and should’ve been knocked down in the 90’s when Eaton’s went bankrupt. It sucks the life right out of the Robson, Howe and especially Granville Street where it’s porcelain-esque cladding repels all life.
I love modern architecture, this picture was taken from Robson Square just beside Arthur Ericksen’s masterful courthouse but, the old Eaton’s building is just wrong on all levels and needs to be put out of it’s misery pronto!
My understanding is that this was built by Eatons as a knock off of their flagship Toronto store. Yet another example of Toronto screwing up Vancouver! If the goal of architecture is to cause a reaction though, I guess you’d have to call this one of the most successful buildings ever. I’ve never heard of anyone who’s soul doesn’t die a little when they first see it!
On a brighter note, make sure you get to the Vancouver Art Gallery before Labour Day Weekend to take in Yang Fudong’s ‘Fifth Night’. As a rule, I hate video installations but, this one is just mesmerizingly beautiful. 7 different movies, beautifully shot all synchronized on 7 screens. I’ve spent many an hour sitting in it’s darkened gallery and plan on spending some more before the show closes.
Lights Out! on Flickr.
Downtown disappears into a mid-day fog a couple weeks ago behind a new exhibit of Canadian Painting from the 60’s at the Vancouver Art Gallery. We’ve got to remember to renew our membership so that we can go check it out soon.
Every time I shoot with the Canonet, I think I’ve got to get myself a Leica M again. When I scan the negs, I wonder why anyone would spend the money on one! ;-)
Vancouver as Japanese Horror Movie on Flickr.
Yes, for only 1/2 billion dollars, your city can be subsumed by a giant spider too! I kinda hope that Trajan ends up being a football or soccer fan as then he won’t feel quite as bad to be still paying for this monstrosity when he enters the workforce in 20 years or so.