Eye of the Beholder

18 February 2023 – Three beholders, as we explore the SkyTrain construction site behind Emily Carr campus, and our eyes agree: this jumble is full of beauty.

Fine-textured bristles…

skeletal rust…

columnar rust…

lacework rust…

and even a whole line-up of high-contrast millimetres…

discarded, but still faithfully doing the job they were created to do, measuring the space where they lie.

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  1. The construction site behind Emily Carr campus is beautiful! The textures and details in the bristles, rust, and lacework are amazing and make for an interesting and enjoyable view. The columnar rust and abandoned equipment are also very well executed and add to the overall effect.
    Many thanks regards

    • Thank you Stuart (and thank you for choosing to follow my blog). With your expertise in this field, could you explain to me why the “lacework” rust took that feathery shape? I’m assuming it’s to do with the way moisture travelled, but that just backs the question up one layer: why did moisture travel in that pattern? I’ve now visited the Matrix website & blog, and I admire both the principles behind your work and your desire to inform others and equip them to make better choices. If you back up one post on this blog, to Signs, you’ll see TransLink is making a huge effort to educate and engage passersby in this construction project. Again, thanks for your interest, and your informed eye.

  2. Very beautiful ‘nature morte’, thanks.

  3. That jumble is indeed full of beauty – thanks for leading us there! I remember when you photographed the tape measure – I wondered what you might do with it – and now I see. Still measuring the space where they lie – that’s wonderful!


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