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Larry Towell: Union Station
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Stephen Bulger Gallery

9/9/2017 to 10/14/2017
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Stephen Bulger Gallery
United States

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The Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present “Union Station” our eighth solo exhibition of work by the world-renown Canadian photojournalist Larry Towell, and our inaugural exhibition at the gallery’s new location which will open to the public at 2pm on Saturday September 9th.


Toronto’s building boom exceeds that of any city in North America. Union Station, the city’s vintage transportation hub originally built in 1927, continues to be used uninterruptedly by more than a quarter million commuters daily, despite its one-billion-dollar renovation to accommodate a burgeoning urban growth. Revitalization includes a glass atrium above the train shed, a dig down four metres below current level, retail expansion, and extended train concourses. Begun in 2009, completion of the project is now scheduled for 2018.


In 2013 Towell started documenting the transformation of this major heritage site as well as its commuters in the shifting public space. Having received permission to go behind the scenes, Towell captured the historic infrastructural changes over the course of two years. Up to 900 tonnes of earth were being removed by nearly 450 trucks nightly, and over 440 structural columns were being extended to expand the station’s depth. During the same time, the daily procession of trains persisted and pedestrians passed safely overhead, largely unaware of the complex feat of engineering that was taking place beneath them. Photographing in both black-and-white and colour, and using 35mm and panoramic formats, Towell’s photographs reveal what hoardings typically conceal. From the depths of the dig far below the building, to the historic heights of the Great Hall, Towell documents a fleeting yet significant moment of transition in Toronto’s history.

 

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