Sunday, 17 June 2012

Weekend Reflections: Time to Tear Down





Since 1st March, I’ve been following the slow demolition of this old factory/office building, which is to be replaced by new apartment buildings.

Noticing this Monday (11 June) that there wasn’t much left standing, I went round to the other side… And happened to be able to witness the final blow:

In case you haven’t got the time to watch the whole video, here is the short version:



There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

(from Ecclesiastes chapter 3)

Linking to Weekend Reflections
and Straight Out of the Camera Sunday


  1. Nice series of photos! I am sure when the apt building is finished it will be a lovely site overlooking the water!

  2. this is very sad to me, i love the character of old buildings and I hate to see them torn down, which is standard procedure in the USA... just knock them down and build bigger and most of the time not very pretty. i hope you will document the building of the building that goes there for us. the first two photos are stunning and it is good you have them because it is gone forever.

  3. I've always had a bit of a problem with the penultimate line of the Ecclesiastes verse you have quoted. I'm never sure that there is a time to hate.

    1. I know, and on the personal level I agree :) There should be no time for war either. I see this whole piece as a description of life though, rather than as a set of commandments.

  4. Didn't concentrate that much on the demolition, because your reflections are beautiful, clear and sharp and look like the real thing.

  5. I must be turning into a romantic in my old age. I feel more concerned with the loss of the reflection than the tearing down of the building. Hopefully a beautiful reflection will be built in its place.

    1. You kind of sum up my feelings too, Pauline! :)

  6. And now what will have its brief moment next?

    1. The highest apartment building yet in this town - twelve storeys.

  7. Wow - beautiful shots.


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