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This bamboo forest is in Vancouver's Chinatown. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens is an amazing oasis of calm and beauty in the Downtown East Side, which is otherwise notorious internationally for its drug addiction, poverty, decay and general nastiness.
The other side of that picture is exemplified by this wonderful installation. Built from 100 containers of rock shipped from China, I like to think of this place as emblematic of the stoic individuals who live in the DTES who do not conform to the outside world's characterization of them. Poor folks who, for whatever reason, live in the 'hood and daily suffer the neglect and poor public policy decisions that have led to the veritable institutionalization of this mothership of misery.
The gardens, to me, are like each otherwise unremarkable person's apartment here in DTES. Doing their best, the folk who weather the storm are putting up walls and carving beauty where they can midst the disaster zone.
It may be the case that no one but I draws this parallel, but the calm, serenity and cool green peace of this bamboo forest is my dedication to these everyday souls who are waiting for better leadership, stronger resolve on the public policy side, and a better future for the East Hastings neighborhood.
Three exposure HDR processed in Photomatix to bring out the detail in the bamboo and preserve the cyan sky and white light of hope.