Thursday, 28 November 2013

ARTIFACT OF HOPE!


We are well into the 21st century. 2013 is nearing the end with financial advisors looking back over the recent months.

Economic recovery is coming in dribs and drabs, but overall, change is a constant.

Over the past few years, many North American communities, including this Waterloo Region, have been affected by radical changes. Plant closures and downsizing of major companies have resulted in unemployment and substantial job losses. Here, a manufacturing hub has been altered significantly.

One response to this drastic change has been to re-invent some of the industrial sites, everything from technology bases and offices to restaurants and coffee shops. Loft apartments and creative workspaces beckon to 21st century echo boomers and entrepreneurs.

Recently, I visited an art show, Box 13, that was staged in a huge steel-framed building where metal works are now made at a fraction of the scale from earlier days. As I approached the building, which show-cased many creative works, I saw a mud-covered, object on the ground. On closer examination, I could see that it was a bolt, very heavy, and probably from days gone by. This artifact, in all its rusty glory, now sits on a shelf at home. 
2013 BOLT



To me, this piece of history is a symbol of the ingenuity of the past and the creativity that will respond to the challenges of the future. It is a true piece of art!

With these innovative approaches -- adapting and re-purposing – there is a sense of optimism in the air in communities that have experienced drastic changes.

That is a good sign, something to celebrate.

November might be bleak and dreary but it isn't stopping the celebrations. Best to all who are gathering south of the border for the American Thanksgiving. Happy Hanukkah, as well, as candles are lit on this commemorative week.
Cheers to all who are celebrating!




4 comments:

Hannah said...

Wow this is so cool, Patricia!!

To me, this piece of history is a symbol of the ingenuity of the past and the creativity that will respond to the challenges of the future. It is a true piece of art!

Love this statement!

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Thanks, Hannah! I like to think of it this way. :)

Lolamouse said...

I love finding lost treasures like that! Very cool. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the Hanukkah wishes!

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

So welcome!