Metamorphosis

1800 Granville Street, Halifax NS

"All inhabited space bears the essence or notion of home"
- Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard

The Macara Barnstead Building located at 1800 Granville Street in Halifax served as a home to me. It was a place of employment but it was also a place of stability and comfort. Built in 1825 this historic property had seen numerous occupants ranging from Neal White and Company; a dry goods vendor, Miller Bros: piano and organ agents, J.P. Hagarty Musical Warehouse, Barnstead’s Drug Store and most recently a simple convenience store and The Flower Shop Ltd.

Dwarfed by the scale of the surrounding bank buildings the Macara/ Barnstead Building is currently experiencing a state of vulnerability. It is raw, exposed, stripped to the bone. For the past few weeks I've been documenting it's transition from a intact and usable site to a fragmented deconstruction and soon, it will rest as a braced facade. 

In April, with the helping hand of many friends we printed the facade of the Macara Barnstead building, using a manlift. This fall I am completing the project about this site. The printed fabric is unpacked from its rubber made storage container and is in various states of alteration. The final piece will be a large scale (43' x 40') fabric installation, using polyester drapery fabric, interfacing, tarp, oxidized cotton and dyed cotton rope. More photos to come as the project evolves. 

To see pictures of the printing of the facade follow this link
http://charleyyoung.com/macara-barnstead-building/
Photo credit thanks to Steve Farmer Photography

Support for this project has been provided by Nova Scotia Community, Culture and Heritage

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