Building for the future

By Joe Duty | Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.”
– Adrienne Clarkson

We are all a work in progress, built layer upon layer. We shoot up fast in the beginning. To a parent’s memory, we grow up as quick as a stray bamboo shoot.

Then the changes become hard to notice. The edges get worn down slowly from life’s emotional storms. Nature’s unending effects are hastened by tendencies towards self-destruction. A constant, subtle stream of minor demolitions and renovations.

Our roaming photographer captured this scene at the future site of the Weatherford College Wise County campus, located near the winding and shifting banks of Big Sandy Creek.

Precise measurements, calculations, drawings and plans transform into halls, rooms and offices. Locations for schedules, conversations, laughter, tedium and memories rise into place.

The opening in the wall provides the perfect frame. It creates a photograph inside a photograph, an image in layers. An artist constantly tears and repairs. Our own life mimics this, as our character builds from layer upon layer of experience.

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