Wednesday, July 22, 2009

End of an era



Acrylic on hardboard 8" x 8"

This is a re-work of a painting I did about a year ago. The mill buildings to which this chimney is attached were I think due for demolition but as far as I know they are still there. For anyone local they are in Carrbrook but I can't remember the name of the mill at the moment. Hope they save it!

6 Comments:

Blogger Barbara M. said...

Hi Sheila,

In Toronto the old mills and distilleries have been renovated into cultural spaces. I hope this happens to your mill.

Super painting.

Take care,

Barbara

6:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Barbara, yes this has happened in London I think more than up here in the north. Here the mills, if kept, are turned into apartment blocks. Problem is no one wants the tall factory chimneys; they have no use for them any more. But I just love painting them.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful painting. I hope they save your mill, but if not, so glad you painted it!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thanks Gwen, yes, gradually all these chimnies are disappearing. I'd better check up and make sure I have painted every one left in the area.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Simon Jones said...

They probably become a liability if they are not maintained, and thats expensive on a tall unaccessible chimney.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Yes Simon, of course you are right. It's just that the chimneys are THE most symobolic icon of the industrial past of this area. I know in Cornwall they have designated certain tin mines as World Heritage sites but then I suppose our tall factory chimneys would take so much more effort to maintain (and sadly no Fred Dibnah now to shin up them and do the necessary pointing).

8:19 PM  

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