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The Follower

Today, Granville Island is filled with people who come from different places for this occasion, the Olympic Games. Among the big crowd, The Follower, a machine that tries to run along on the historic railway tracks, records the current state of the island through its embedded camera capturing the rear view while it moves forward. The railway tracks are now leveled with the pavement and serve no function, but they are a reminder of Granville Island’s industrial history. The island was once developed specifically for industrial factories, such as machine shops, foundries, and equipment manufacturers. Rail cars served as a main system for transporting manufactured products to markets outside of the island. But such history may not be so evident to the visitors, and The Follower may be seen as only something to stumble over, but that then might reveal the tracks under our feet.

 

Today, Granville Island is filled with people who come from different places for this occasion, the Olympic Games. Among the big crowd, The Follower, a machine that tries to run along on the historic railway tracks, records the current state of the island through its embedded camera capturing the rear view while it moves forward. The railway tracks are now leveled with the pavement and serve no function, but they are a reminder of Granville Island’s industrial history. The island was once developed specifically for industrial factories, such as machine shops, foundries, and equipment manufacturers. Rail cars served as a main system for transporting manufactured products to markets outside of the island. But such history may not be so evident to the visitors, and The Follower may be seen as only something to stumble over, but that then might reveal the tracks under our feet.

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Taken on February 4, 2010