After we did the tour of the art, (and very impressed we were) we stood on the balcony overlooking the city. This area once was mainly industrial, but it has been cleaned up and converted to apartments and lofts. It still bears the marks of its history.
"Ship Chandlery", the sign reads. I had to look the word up. It comes from the same root as "candle", and its first meaning, according to the online dictionary is "One who makes and sells candles." It can also mean a retail dealer in a specific line, in this case marine equipment. Another sign on the same building reads, "Boom Chains." They don't sell them here any more; those are expensive condominiums now.
Fire escapes and steeple, down in a hollow between buildings.
Looking west, beyond Gastown to the downtown area, relentlessly converting its old brickwork to steel and glass.
A sparrow sits on a railing on the roof of the refurbished chapel.
A silvery table for morning coffee on the balcony.
Gastown at street level.
Gassy Jack, being ignored by tourists and residents alike.