Sunday, 6 May 2012

What Once Was... Is No Longer

posted by ViewFinder, 5/6/2012

 March 23, 2012 my baby sister took me on a drive to a place I had never been before.  I had driven by the old abandoned building on the shore of the Great Salt Lake many times but had never stepped inside or even near it until that day.

I would have never experienced this beautiful contradiction if she hadn't taken the time to share her "spot" with me.  Old and New combined in this place that some called Ugly and others Beautiful.

Where paint is sprayed upon her walls inside and out... or at least it was.

Where many found an escape, an attraction, pulling them in to share her unique markings.

The first and the last time I would ever see her in all her glory as she has been laid to rest.  An "eye sore" removed from the shore of the "Great" Salt Lake.  If only some could have looked deeper and seen her beauty.  She gave them a place to express their talents and emotions- tearing her down will only cast their colors along the cinder block walls of buildings and barriers elsewhere.  What they took... was merely geography.

Their markings will find a new place upon our map.

Be well my dear, until we meet again.  (The view is so much more plain without you).

1 comment:

  1. Stopped by the local Lowes Home Improvement store... they are painting the exterior because of a great deal of tagging going on. Hmmmm I wonder if we had left up the abandoned building (which happens to be quite close to the Lowes e.g. no more than 3 miles) maybe the local businesses wouldn't be struggling SO much with the grafitti. Geography.