West leg of the LRT from yesterday’s plein air trip downtown.
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I like this one a lot, Rex.
I was going hiking out near Cochrane this weekend and passed by Eamon’s Gas Station. For some reason, I thought of you and your architectural paintings. A subject to capture before it’s torn down??
Thanks Shelley. I needed a break from Currie Barracks so I went the other direction. I like your suggestion. Is that the old gas station on Crowchild up near the city limits. I seem to be in a theme of buildings so that’s a great idea. I’m finding that I just don’t have the same interest in doing pure landscapes. To be interesting it has to have that human element either with people or with things that represent people.
Yup – that’s the one. I love that place. I bet the Currie series, the ice-cream shop and this place would have a lot of appeal to people from here too and would make an interesting show some time. There are a few cool buildings in Inglewood, Ramsay and Bowness like that too.
Shelley, you’ve really got me thinking about this. Thanks.
Shelley, I just read the article that you sent about Eamon’s Gas Station. I find it interesting that Calgary has such a myopic view of anything cultural. If it doesn’t fit into the ‘oil & gas’ model of business then it doesn’t seem to be worth bothering about. I thought the idea of incorporating this building into the LRT system was innovative and would give some personality and character to the place. It would also show that Calgary, like every city, does have a history and believes that it’s beneficial to celebrate that history. For a city that prides itself on being innovative Calgary consistently shows itself to be locked into one way of thinking. The reality is that culture ‘pays’ in bottom line economic terms but here we just don’t see or value that.
This touched a nerve and thanks for that.
Yeah, you would think if any place on Earth would want to preserve an historic gas station it would be Calgary ;o).
Thanks for preserving these places in your painting/narratives though Rex!!
You inspired me to take a visit to Eamon’s Service Station the other day. It’s fenced off but I did take some photos. I’m starting to get an idea how I might like to paint it so I think I will give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestion.
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