Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I've never lived in this city

Watercolour , CP and crayon
©2016 Charlene Brown

Actually, I did live in Edmonton from 1959 to 1962, but the city pictured here was not there at the time. The only structures in this painting that I remember from my university days are the High Level Bridge and Provincial Legislature on the far left and the Fairmont MacDonald Hotel, which is just about exactly in the middle – and it is quite different from the MacDonald I remember. Back then, the hotel had a huge ‘Brutalist’ addition, and the whole structure was referred to as a ‘tiny perfect chateau and the box it came in.’ Anyway, the box has been removed, and dozens of much nicer boxes have been added to form today’s Edmonton skyline.