July 4th, 2004

Order and Chaos

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

At the town's train station, there's a small yard filled with all kinds of scrap metal. It's been there for a fairly long time. VIA Rail is responsible for that bit of property, but in true crown-corporation fashion, nothing much seems to happen: It doesn't get cleaner, it doesn't get dirtier. It just gets shuffled around and reorganised once in a while.

One might say it's a bit of an embarrassment for the town, with commuters getting on and off their trains right in front of it, but I personally think it's lovely. Deep rich colours, abstract shapes, and it provides a wonderful contrast to the tidy and polished image this town tries to maintain.

If I could, I'd "adopt" it and turn it into a permanent art installation.

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