Monday, June 7, 2010

Bench on Limestone Ave


This concrete bench is one of two such seats on Limestone Ave. The benches with plaques mark an avenue of native trees planted by the Australian Natives Association in 1928.

The seat here is in dire need of restoration, but the thousands of motorists who speed past each day seem oblivious to its fate.

"Immersion, immanence and immediacy - these are the characteristics of the Virtual."
- Jean Baudrillard

This quote perfectly describes the driving experience. With the car’s digital dashboard, we take our media with us. Outside of these images, sounds and signs, there is less and less for our gaze to fix on beyond a strip of asphalt. Yes – we are fixated with the speed of light; and we fail to notice the deterioration of things once valued - such as the bench here.

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