Wednesday, December 28, 2011

through contorted glass

through contorted glass
reflections of bent towers,
twisted threads of gold

A glass block window set into bricks admits light inside while obscuring the view from outside. Now there's not much to see in the dark interior of the Bank of Eldon except scraps of wood and a few pieces of antique furniture. I don't know when the stately bank with its marble Corinthian columns was built, but it may have been in the 1930s. That's when developments in machine production produced a well-sealed hollow block consisting of two halves of heat-proof glass pressed together. These glass blocks and red bricks will stand as long as the mortar holds them together in this little town which has abandoned its old bank.

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