And as we left you could hardly see the buildings on the other side of the Don Valley.
I didn’t read all of the posters explaining what was what in the remaining industrial parts of the Evergreen Brickworks. But it seems that many ovens were needed along the side of a long tunnel (behind the ovens) containing the bricks to ensure they all baked properly. And each seems to have been fed by one or more gas lines.
This last photo was near what seemed to be a play area: covered, but exposed on one side to the elements. Not an oven, but near them.
While the Don Valley Brickworks sat empty, it was a huge canvas for graffiti. It probably still is, as parts of it seem to be easily accessible.
More graffiti on the ovens in the next post.
As their own home page says: Evergreen Brickworks is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.
Among other things it includes an outdoor skating rink, a green wall, a farmers’ market, a restored brown site and dozens of ongoing projects. It has a store which sells environmentally friendly products, a coffee shop and an excellent restaurant. At the farmers’ market we bought all the ingredients for dinner including wild rice, dried mushrooms and organically raised beef. The less restored parts of the site celebrate the art of graffiti as practiced before the reclamation of the Brickworks began (see a future post) and the Brickworks’ industrial past. Dozens of amazing new art installations can be found including one showing all the watersheds of the city of Toronto.
The Wikipedia entry on the Don Valley Brickworks.