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.
Look at the following images and know, as they join together, they become authentic diamond facets, hoping to catch the light in just the right way. These authentic diamond facets started with an honest market designed to catch peaceful light, for the next seven generations.
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.
Irony and play seem to be chatting
endings evolve series
Waking up, same but different.
some changes, some stays, all move
some things move, some things don’t
so many stories about openings and closings
carbon neutral notions
Resting tools, taking time from the endings evolve hide and seek game.
now gone stairs
Third floor on a Friday of a long week.
the exit of debris his hauntingly inviting
reflections, stairs and 3/4 ply
the sign will soon be gone
elevator shaft series
steel lines, new light
past points resting
leading horses wallpaper
inside outside images
beauty in what was will always remain
windows walls & doors
windows waiting for framing
couldn’t resist the humour
past palette painted
planned toys with a plan
drinking water by choice
The last of the shots of the old Ackers sign.
elevator light play
planned toys 2016
gentle heat, lost glass
view from two
look to the right of the lamp post….do you know what that is?
basement view to above, from the new stairwell
new supports on old lives
new era staging
second floor windows waiting for more light
the building faze will soon change and this will only be a memory.
planned toys workroom
third floor story
elevator window well
chromed women work too
court, city hall & cinderblock
city hall sideswipe view
quiet dust, cascading light and hope
silver stains stories
basement building a gray water reservoir.
women work, lost staircase
steel bargains and playful lines
all the world really is a stage
elevator shaft shut till later
Ackers sign soon to be gone
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.
waiting for windows
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?