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Rennie Taylor Anti-Landmarks

Landmarks are iconic structures with symbolic significance to historical events and they often become markers of a specific place. What then are “anti-landmarks”? They are the antithesis of the monumental. These are not the skyscrapers, statues and cenotaphs that are overrepresented on boulevards, within city archives and promoted through tourist brochures. The facade has faded and the reality of seeing cities is that they are full of neglected details, unattractive building sites and abandoned spaces. In this exploration of two Canadian cities, Toronto and Montréal, old storefronts and construction lots showcase uncertain new transitions. These forgotten spaces are the past moving out of the present and into the future.

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