Splish Splash

I wandered over to Central Library tonight to check out Toronto artist Ed Pien’s  fantastic new show Haven of Delight (pictured at left). Before I hit the Dunlop Art Gallery I picked out some DVDs upstairs and checked them out, then took a quick browse through the Science Fiction section on the library’s north side.

When I got to the end of the row, I noticed three plastic bins lined up on one of the reading tables. Running along the window were four or five smaller containers. I stopped to listen. There was no water dripping from the ceiling. And when I checked, the containers  were dry. So maybe they’d just been tossed there? But today was pretty cold. So if the roof had been leaking, it likely didn’t today.

The sorry state of cultural infrastructure in Regina is a big bugaboo for me. While sports and recreation facilities are funded up the wazoo, arts and culture groups in the public sphere are forced to eke out an existence in antiquated and grossly inadequate facilities that are literally crumbling around them. Central Library “celebrates” it’s 50th anniversary next year. Plans are in the works (sort of, although progress to this point has been painfully slow) to provide much needed mechanical upgrades and expanded program capability. So to see what was up I checked with a library employee I know, and they said that yeah, the library roof had been leaking.

I don’t remember seeing the basins before, so I don’t know if this is a long-standing problem, or if it just started this spring. Either way, it would seem to indicate that Central Library is in desperate need of civic investment.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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5 thoughts on “Splish Splash”

  1. BUT BUT BUT GREG! Books don’t matter! It’s not like anyone uses the library anyways. Sports are so clearly more important than literacy.

    The state of our city I tell ya…

  2. A while back for a contest or something, I subscribed to a dorky newsletter called Art Knowledge News (Keeping You In Touch With The World Of Art). Every morning I look at the dozen or so pictures taken by “Our Editor” in his/her (probably his) travels to world art institutions. It’s a kind of reality therapy that works by showing over and over: other people in other places value art and culture and ideas and risk, they have valued it for centuries, they continue to value it with money and infrastructure and pride. Regina’s slow loathing of culture is not normal. It’s working – those buckets are there for a reason – but it’s not normal. If you need deprogramming, this is the site: http://www.artknowledgenews.com/ Note: it takes a few weeks for the therapeutic benefits to take effect.

  3. Thanks for the remedial link, Carle. I need all the therapy I can get when it comes to art and the funding thereof.

  4. Deferred maintenance will cause more repairs to be needed.
    If they’ve been up there even once in the last 5 years for a look then they knew it was coming.
    Speaking of slow, this is slow demolition by neglect.

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