Way back in 1964, Roy Babic erected a modern building to house Babic Electric, the electrical and lighting store he and his wife ran at 952-956 Commercial. It had a double storefront facing the Drive, with two apartment suites above; one with an entrance from the lane, and the other on Parker Street.
The southside wall of the structure running along Parker to the lane was a plain utilitarian painted wall. More recently, the wall has received a few coats of, usually, green paint that often reflects as shallow blue. About five years ago, I began a series of photographs — the Greenspace series — that have illustrated the changes to the wall and the foliage over the years.
Earlier this summer, the wellness therapy clinic that has taken over the storefront decided their wall needed a mural. My quiet greenspace is no more — and the plants don’t seem to have come through it well.
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This tiny plot of land, just east of Commercial at Parker, has proven to be spectacularly productive both for the plants and for my photography. For the complete series see here.