Saving Beauty

16 Oct

We walk all around the streets of Adelaide and notice the juxtaposition of old buildings with new architecture. This is so heartening. Here instead of knocking an old building down, they build around it. As you can see from the buildings in the photo above the facade and tower of the historic building is mirrored in the architecture of the new skyscraper. Take a little architectural tour with us as we walk around the city and see the old and new coexisting beautifully.

We walk and see street art in the most unexpected places. We came upon a parking lot in a little alley that had this installation in the wall above. I thought it was small rocks embedded in the bricks. Dana took a second looked and “Voila.” There on the wall were thousands of tiny Matchbox cars cemented in place, like a giant vertical parking lot.

Matchbook car closeup

We visited an art gallery called “The Jam Factory.” This old jam factory building was next door with a giant sculpture that looks like dripping marmalade.

The Jam Factory

We wish more communities would find virtue in preserving the beauty of the old while exploring the excitement and functionality of the new.

Brick cornice detail

3 Responses to “Saving Beauty”

  1. Dede October 16, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Jill this is so great. I am going to send this link to my brother the architect, and also Helen the architect.. and Charles who will appreciate the little cars, and Michelle just to complete the family.
    Thank you for being so observant of your surroundings. I am learning so much.
    At first I thought you found a “Trolley” bldg…

    • Jill October 16, 2012 at 5:25 am #

      So did I. It took a second look to see that it didn’t have an “r.” I am so glad you liked it. Love those little cars. j

  2. Ursula Freer October 16, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Amazing city and photos. I wish we would care for our cities this way! The vertical parking lot had me confused :-). You guys will be missed at our Saturday pizza work party! Fall is definitely here. Most summer plants are dead and gone!

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