Siobhan and I went to the portlands area here in Toronto, where they’ve set up art exhibits inside the decommissioned Hearn Generating Station. It seems art exhibits and museums are a natural fit for the large spaces of former power generating facilities, such as the Turbine Halls of London’s Tate Modern or the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
I really enjoyed these industrial spaces, though I’m not a regular photographer of such urban decay or manufactured landscapes.
Most attractive was the huge ceiling with it’s trusses spanning over the open area which used to hold generating turbines. The concrete mounts for them are huge, the size of houses.
The palette inside is mostly rust and concrete, punctuated by the occasional institutional lavatory green of industrial instrumentation. The plant has had major chunks taken out for asbestos removal, which yields unusual cross sections.
I’m sure there are many pictures of the actual art at the Luminato Festival, but I just thought the building was really interesting.
I took this photo in the Bologna Centrale train station back in 2011. Shortly after, a new underground platform was built in 2013. But when we visited, high speed trains called at these old platforms and their latticework covered overhangs.
Despite a fear of heights, I love climbing tall things on vacation. This is a photo from one of the Two Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli Tower. Bologna is a medieval town, where you can still see the remnants of the surrounding walls and tower structures. At one point, there could have been a hundred or more of these towers, but only a few are left today.
It was a treat to climb up the tower and look out at the rustic and warm roofs of this city in the brisk December morning air.
In late 2011, Siobhan and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria, then took a train down Northern Italy to Rome. Along the way, we stopped in Bologna, which I think is probably my second favourite Italian city, just behind Siena.
Bologna is a working, industrial city, yet full of life amongst the reddish hues in its streets and medieval inner streets. I took this photo on Via Castiglione, just off the main square, with the morning sunlight filtering in between the buildings. What I loved about the city was that it was unapologetically un-touristy, to the point that the tourist map didn’t actually identify tourist points of interest properly.