The BOX 11 Art Show & Sale is only 9 weeks away. You may remember last year’s BOX 10 was held in the Breithaupt Block. Cool art + cool industrial venue = awesome event. This year, BOX 11 has moved around the corner to the Rumpel Felt building at Victoria and Duke, now owned by The Region of Waterloo. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to do a little solo (and authorized) urban exploration of this great venue. Let me show you some interesting corners I found, but first, two things:
1. On your calendar, save the dates of Nov 12 and 13 so you can get down here and see/buy some great art.
2. You’re a local artist? Great! Submit your work to the BOX 11 jury this Friday, Sept 9.
Ok, on to the pics. BTW, this loop of old valve handles (above) really blew my hair back.
Following my fascination with evidence-of-human-life (EHL), I found these gouges in the concrete floor. For what purpose?
BOX instigator and chief air traffic controller, Cathy Farwell, is my guardian angel who ensures I eventually find my way out of these spaces.
The felt elevator… feltevator?
Into the boiler room…
I found one of my richest EHL subjects: grimy electrical box, switch and outlets worn smooth by a hundred thousand hands.
And we got writing too.
The boiler door, cast not too far away.
A peek at the loading dock.
I believe Rumpel closed in 1996 (someone will correct me).
Unique banana sticker collections found in a number of nooks on the first floor. That was a new one on me, but my brother from the very same mother, Dave White, tells me this is pretty common.
Can anyone tell me why every old factory I visit has this 2-tone paint scheme?
Stairs worn smooth by feet…
Paint worn through by…
I don’t know if it’s the acoustics, the clerestory windows, or the translucent multi-coloured glass in these places, but I got a serious church vibe here.
The west side is being absolutely consumed by ivy or virginia creeper. Like a giant beard.
provided some equally interesting
Liked the way this old green glass echoed the distant and new green glass of the pharmacy building.
From the train tracks.
I’m super curious about this small hatch…
by the rear loading dock.
and the fall out.
Hey, you made it this far! Do me a favour and tell 2 people about BOX 11, first weekend after Remembrance Day (Nov 12,13). In addition to supporting the local creative ecosystem, BOX will connect you with historical talks about the Rumpel Felt Company, and educate you about what makes good art.
Lots more about BOX 11 coming here on makebright, so stay tuned.