The following are photographs of #Ackersreno in JT’s hometown, Guelph, Ontario. This is no average renovation! It is an opportunity for social change, echoing the past and projecting in our future. The original building was a furniture store, called Ackers, and it has become part of the Guelph community fabric. That fabric has been up-cycled through the purchase by the non-profit organization, 10Carden.
As it is renovated the concept of being a living lab and an incubator for change is welded into the structure set to house green travel (bike storage), re-using resources (gray water recovery) and multiplicity (shared work spaces). Once the structure is complete the living lab can foster healthy social change.
While the structure is being reformatted JT Murphy has documented the story. JT uses a painterly eye, while playing with both abstract and a photo documentary styles. Each photo is designed to be a stand alone work of art, housing elements of both past and future.
The photos are gifted to this living lab. They are all available for purchase. The pricing is simply artist cost, plus a donation to the 10Carden project fundraising.
endings evolve series
some things move, some things don’t
windows walls & doors
past palette painted
planned toys workroom
the building faze will soon change and this will only be a memory.
reflections, stairs and 3/4 ply
waiting for windows
Irony and play seem to be chatting
all the world really is a stage
Waking up, same but different.
The last of the shots of the old Ackers sign.
city hall sideswipe view
new era staging
women work, lost staircase
elevator shaft series
basement view to above, from the new stairwell
so many stories about openings and closings
Resting tools, taking time from the endings evolve hide and seek game.
the exit of debris his hauntingly inviting
silver stains stories
the sign will soon be gone
planned toys 2016
Ackers sign soon to be gone
third floor story
now gone stairs
How can one say this title without a bit of a lisp and a wonderfully playful laugh. It is gentle fun from childhood in the adult world.
couldn’t resist the humour
steel bargains and playful lines
look to the right of the lamp post….do you know what that is?
some changes, some stays, all move
basement building a gray water reservoir.
elevator shaft shut till later
elevator light play
steel lines, new light
chromed women work too
gentle heat, lost glass
quiet dust, cascading light and hope
new supports on old lives
court, city hall & cinderblock
leading horses wallpaper
windows waiting for framing
elevator window well
past points resting
drinking water by choice
beauty in what was will always remain
second floor windows waiting for more light
planned toys with a plan
Third floor on a Friday of a long week.
inside outside images
carbon neutral notions
view from two
Someday soon there will be a post about the engraved and gilded vault. That vault fell through the Ackers building floors during a mid 20th century fire! Speaking of fire….can you see the images smoked with the story of the fire itself?