Jamie and I went for a walk downtown yesterday and in the grounds of the Alberta Legislature, we saw an interesting sculpture that was contributed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association. It represents the parallel between tending a garden and educating children, and it incorporates the poem The Garden by Rollie Pemberton.
From there we managed to get lost in the underground pedway system. We were trying to walk from the fountain/garden area to the nearest transit station. Fortunately, we made the mistake of taking the elevator down to the third pedway level instead of the second. Then, once on the wrong level, we walked in the wrong direction.
This was a happy accident because we discovered that the pedway had been built just for us. There was no-one else to be seen, so we figured it must be ours. Edmonton, in case you didn’t know it, your tax dollars have paid for some really lovely architectural features and artwork in the P3 pedway at ‘the Ledge’.
There are also several places where mirrors have been placed above and below skylights to reflect the gardens above. We were able to see the people enjoying the Legislature grounds on this lovely sunny day.
The mirror showing a beautiful upper world seemed like it could be a metaphor. Sometimes when I think I’m in a dark place, it would be nice to remember that there is a window to a lovely sunlit garden in the heart of the city.