Pre-atomic bridge.

In lieu of anything witty or crafty, here is a photo of Victoria’s Johnson Street Train Bridge in pieces at the scrap yard. This is the first part of the old blue bridge system to come down in order to make way for a new bridge. Very controversial this decision was, and most people I know in the city still aren’t happy about it. Interesting fact: this pile of scrap metal is pre-atomic steel, meaning that it has very low levels of background radiation. Metal manufactured after the first atomic bombs were deployed, have a higher ambient level of radioactivity due to fallout. Apparently pre-atomic steel is sought after in the production of medical devices, and in experimental physics for this reason.

(I’m in a moment of suspended animation at the moment – mid-term paper. I have three sewing/crochet projects to photograph that will appear here once I get to them. This means finishing the damned paper!)

Photographs from the Wacky Woods (Fanny Bay, BC)

On our recent vacation, we stopped at the Wacky Woods on our way out of Fanny Bay, BC. It was a quick jaunt into the forest to show our friends the outdoor installations of the late George Sawchuk – but the sheer volume of work there never fails to impress. Humorous, provocative, penitent and sometimes melancholy – the passions and social critiques of Sawchuk are writ large on these woods – his legacy being a real community treasure. Though I have not got the rest of our trip photos online, I did put up a gallery from the Wacky Woods last week. Interested in more about Sawchuk? See this post that Brian penned after we visited the artist’s studio in 2008 when he was still very much alive.