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“Corkin Gallery Stairs and Arches”

“Corkin Gallery Stairs & Arches”

“Human society is like an arch, kept from falling by the mutual pressure of its parts”
– Seneca

The Toronto Distillery District is known for its boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. One of the art galleries in this area is the Corkin Gallery, featuring artists of many disciplines.

Within this large gallery are some of the original distillery structures, including these interesting arches which lead to two staircases to the second floor of the gallery. I like how the gallery retained the significant architectural elements of the distillery in their floorplan. It blends past and present beautifully. There was something about how the modern (stairs) and old (arches) blended together into a whole that just felt right.

I also enjoyed the various textures, from the age and patina of the brick, blotchy, cracked concrete, smooth steel handrails, and the clean lines of the glass and wood of the staircase. The staircase feels like an anachronism, placed as an escape from the ancient arches, a bridge to some uncertain future.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/20 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 320

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