WAT’S UP – Adam Sawatsky

All that glitters

It’s a peculiar experience to be blinded by a brick. You don’t expect it to reflect light.  So when it does – when the sun’s rays bounce off it and hit you in the eyes – you wonder why.

The videographer and I discovered the bright brick while driving around Vic West, looking for a story for the end of the six o’clock news. You can find it too – at the corner of Catherine and Esquimalt Road.

We asked people walking by if they knew anything about it. Most had never noticed it before. One woman reacted to it by turning her mouth up into a smile and lowering her glasses down for a better look.

When you get close to the wall you realize it’s not a brick at all. It’s the space where a brick once was. A rectangular space decorated with a mosaic of bright red mirrors, framed by red glass beads.

The people we spoke with described it as pretty, happy and out of this world. One man described it as a UFO, so aliens could, “look at us as much as we’re looking at them.”  Another man declared it an “enigma of life.”  To misquote Winston Churchill – it was proving to be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a brick wall.

So the videographer and I went looking for a more definitive answer. We knocked on the building’s back door and asked to speak with the person who works on the other-side of the bejeweled brick. Fortunately, that person was Mark Palmer, who knew all about it.

He told us he was approached by a stranger who asked if he could “fill-in” the missing brick. Mark said yes, and that was the first and last time they ever met.

“He appeared one day and disappeared the next,” said Mark.

Somehow, someone took an unremarkable brick wall, built in 1902 to house the Silver Spring Brewery, and added a mystery mosaic.

Mark then asked to speak directly into the camera. He had a message: “to the mysterious, artistic person who brought some beauty to this building – thank you very much.”

Thank you for reminding us that – to misquote Leonard Cohen – there is a crack in everything, that’s how the sparkly light gets in.

Adam Sawatsky is co-host of CTV News Vancouver Island at Five. On weekends, he hosts ‘Eye on the Arts’ on CFAX 1070.

 

Just Posted

Out of the flames comes inspiration for Quinn Bachand

Victoria guitarist and Brishen to unveil new CD in Friday show at Christian Science Church

Irreverent comedy a habit in VOS’ newest show, Nunsense

Musical theatre production by Victoria Operatic Society features three shows in July

Esquimalt artist captures culinary personalities with body art

Mary Ploegsma’s unique chef/tattoo portrait series on display this month in Chinatown café

Jazz bargains available for music lovers this month

Left Coast Jazz Fest offers four-show package deal, extends discount for TD JazzFest ticket holders

WINE NOTES: Wild about the whites

Plenty of reason to try out these affordable whites, writes Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes

COLUMN: Revisiting a decade ago as Victoria celebrates 20 years of Ska

4 million tourists visit Greater Victoria each year and there’s a reason we remain despite them

Rick Mercer-led comedy team in for second Just for Laughs show at UVic

Comedy company will stage two shows Nov. 16 at Farquhar Auditorium

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

Samoa bans Elton John biopic, Rocketman

Depictions of homosexuality, contrary to law, cause country’s censor to prevent film’s screening

REVIEW: If you like farce, you’ll love Noises Off at Langham Court!

By Sheila Martindale The nine cast members in Langham Court Theatre’s new… Continue reading

Celtic songs tuned up for Sooke coffeehouse

Celtic Reflections to perfrom on June 15

Most Read