Revitalization

Cartoony Architecture Redux

By Ryan McGreal
Published January 10, 2007

In light of the the discussion in the comments after Trevor's piece on Hamilton City Centre, I present this web page on a mural painter who creates impressions of traditional architecture on blank, modernist walls.

Prepare to be depressed.

Neo-neoclassical architecture painted on blank walls
Neo-neoclassical architecture painted on blank walls

This highly talented painter has taken the hideous, boxy dreck that has replaced real traditional towns and classical iconic architecture and drawn ersatz illustrations of a bygone time that are just convincing enough to remind me of how much we've lowered our standards for the public realm.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted January 15, 2007 at 16:21:09

The Irony! It buuuuurns!

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