Sunday, 12 June 2011
Brick and rust
Not everything in Saltaire is well-preserved. A half a mile or so along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal there is an old canal-side warehouse, built of brick (unusually for this area; most buildings are stone). It has been empty for years and is gradually being reclaimed by nature - plants, birds, rain and frost. I think it's kind of beautiful in its own way... mellowed. The other day I noticed this old barge temporarily resting alongside and I was attracted by the harmony of colours. I've seen the barge at various points up and down the canal. It belongs to British Waterways and is presumably used from time to time for some kind of 'dirty' job - maybe fishing old supermarket trolleys out of the canal? There's not a lot to spoil on it, but its rust is not unpleasant for those with eyes to see.