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Interrupted Horizons

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

That dam river, Rockwood.

Rockwood Conservation Area, located in the village of Rockwood just east of Guelph, is an idyllic microcosm of the majestic north with pines, dramatic cliffs, isolated islands and dark still waters. Far from natural, though, it is another example of a constructed landscape that s ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 24, 2012

Requiem for a parking lot at Homer Watson and Blea ...

A depiction of one of the staff parking lots at the site of the former Budd Automotive plant in Kitchener. The land on which it is situated is the source of much debate and consternation in Kitchener. Formerly home to one of the city’s largest industrial employers, the site ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 29, 2012

This place is a real hole in the ground. (Elora Qu ...

Literally a man-made hole in the ground, the beautiful Elora Quarry swimming hole is one of the region’s favourite destinations. A remnant of the industrial era, the stark vertical cliffs contrast against the river that runs not a hundred feet from the abandoned site, and p ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Roos, the idyll of Victoria.

Sadly, for many urban dwellers, the closest they come to nature is their city’s park system. Roos Island, in the heart of Kitchener’s downtown Victoria Park squats beautifully in the middle of dammed Schneider Creek just before it descends below ground into the maw of ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Schneider Creek, prison for life.

As urban centres develop, nature is often condemned to serve the sentence for its founders’ crimes against the environment. Schneider Creek, which runs through, above, and below the city is a deeply ambivalent model for a natural rivercourse. At once the jewel of the city&# ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Nemo—20,000 fields beneath the lee.

Looking west towards Kitchener-Waterloo at the base of the horizon, we see Mt. Nemo’s stranded promontory divide the line of the Niagra escarpment. Below, in the lee of the ancient shoreline, the farmer’s fields masquerade as a man-made ocean, highlighting the fact th ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

The lightning rod of renewed purpose. (The Tannery ...

Connecting the heavens to the earth, the disused chimney stack of the Laing Tannery district is an impressive sight familiar to the residents of Kitchener Waterloo for a century. Lit from below by the urban light pollution, the contrasting star trails wheel above as if to sternly ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Guelph Lake—this road we’re on.

Like many of the conservation areas in southwestern Ontario, Guelph Lake is a man-made body of water behind an earthern dam. It is a sad irony that the experience of nature as a recreational destination is mediated through the industrial history of the region. Depicted here at ni ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 25, 2012

One man’s Trashmore is an everyman’s t ...

Renamed McClennan Park after the former mayor of Kitchener who envisioned the rebirth of a landfill as an urban park, the more affectionately known “Mt. Trashmore” has become a favourite recreational destination for Kitchener locals. Pictured here from Ottawa St. S, t ... Continue Reading