As someone who lives in the Distillery, one of the things I’ve noticed is the juxtaposition of the old mixed with the new. The historic architecture and cobblestone roads are being combined with chic condos and contemporary art. There’s a painting of an old staircase with peeling paint (called Alice Was Here by Mike Quigg, which can be found in Tappo Wine Bar) that reminds me of the Distillery’s is essence – though it’s aged and a bit rough around the edges, it’s these same elements that add to its charm. Here are some pics I took that capture the juxtapositions of old and new in the Historic Distillery:
Signs of the modern techno-centric world mixed with the Old World. It always amazes me how far we’ve come with technology in a mere century. This is an interesting shot because of what the objects symbolize; they represent the evolution from a pastoral society to a trading one.
The pic on the left shows contemporary art placed in front of historic building. The Distillery has a number of contemporary art pieces showcased throughout the area. In addition, there are also various galleries as well. Contemporary art galleries in the midst of one of Toronto’s oldest historical sites add to the Distillery’s charm.
I really like this one: A modern bridge connecting two historic buildings together. The merging of these two buildings by this modern bridge seem to signify the new world with the old, creating a new form while preserving elements of both.
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Though an unintentional play on words, I thought this shot really captures the evolving nature of the Distillery.
Of course, the real reason why the Distillery District is so charming is because of the effort that has gone into preserving it. This is the complete opposite of entropy, which is the notion that nature goes from order to disorder in isolated systems. Though the Distillery District is far from being isolated, Toronto has many abandoned buildings and factories that are. Many artists share a theory about entropy – that is, though these abandoned buildings seem inactive, a greater natural process of decay is taking place. If you look closely at Quigg’s painting, can’t you just see the paint peeling off the walls? Use this notion – the process of decay and finding a new form of life in old and abandoned buildings – and try to capture it in a snapshot. Then submit it to the Broken Factories Photo Contest for a chance to win a Toshiba NB100 Netbook courtesy of an ERP software company that specializes in making high quality command management systems to better organize business initiatives.