Paradise/Palimpsest Birmingham

1 a manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing.
◦ something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.”Sutton Place is a palimpsest of the taste of successive owners”

A few photos I took today whilst out and about in the City Centre.

With my back to Broad Street I headed towards New Street via Centenary Square and the Fletchers Walk Subway.

My attention was drawn towards the juxtaposition of buildings under construction superimposed on the landscape.

Unfinished skyscrapers jutting proudly into the hopeful blue skies.

(NB wasn’t too sure of the ethics of these next photos…)

Into the Fletchers Walk Subway, which is currently the quickest way to approach New Street, I saw persuasive marketing visions of utopia in stark contrast to the dystopia around.

Fences and barriers blocking off previous walkways all around. In a computer game you would buffet and glitch against these areas, not accessible or created by the programmers.

Finally emerging into the evergreen grandeur of Victoria Square. Still standing against the constant tinkering of the ongoing Paradise/Palimpsest project.


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