The condition of things

Douglas Scholes
These images* reflect the condition of thing despite that they (almost) never remain that way for long.  Things are changed through on going efforts to repair, clean, collect or maintain.  Yet, they proliferate the urban environment, ‘growing’ and spreading rapidly and often excessively.  The results of maintenance and of neglect are part of the pragmatic aesthetic, unconsciously affecting experiences, expectations and perceptions through the condition of things.
*There are seventy-eight (78) images on this page.

78 – Hand dryer.  Shiny chrome finish.
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77 – Hand dyer. Over painting on the shiny chrome.
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76 – Wall repair – paint patch mis-match.
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75 – Wall repair – another paint patch mis-match.
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74 – Wall repair beside a door.
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73 – HOUSEHOLD WASTE BIN STORE.
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72 – Keep Clear. Waste distribution in progress.
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71 – A lone take-away food container.
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70 – Bags of garbage at the edge of Regent’s canal.
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69 – Rubbish lie-abouts.
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68 – Stairs.
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67 – Public notice.
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66 – The little pot (on the floor under the pipes).
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65 – Abandoned canister vacuum cleaner (Hoover).
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64 – Bricoleur mullion.
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63 – Carpet stain – Salt bloom.
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62 – Dried drip on a escalator/stair median.
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61 – One fluorescent lighting array out of alignment.
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60 – Ad hoc rubbish bin on concrete traffic barriers.
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59 – Masking tape solution to delaminating cabinet laminate.
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58 – DANGER, floor tape!
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57 – Floor tile repaired with caution tape.
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56 – Cleaning the ledge – Waiting for the mop.
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55 – Métro escalator guts revealed.
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54 – Stretch wrap solution to secure a loose pedestrian barrier.
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53 – Broken repairs to a damaged wooden railing.
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52 – Black duct tape solution to broken railing (see above).
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51 – Cracked and worn floor tiles – Métro station.
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50 – Springtime abandoned bottle.
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49 – Cap in the ice.
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48 – Snared bread bag.
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47 – Glove in the ice.
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46 – Trousers in the ice.
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45 – Nylon rope unwinding, in the ice.
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44 – Insulated styrofoam remnant, in the ice.
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43 – Pile of red bricks in an urban eddy – Fly tipping?
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42 – Tired and worn wall tiles – Métro station.
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41 – A lone screw does nothing except leave a mark.
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40 – Mop and pail resting.
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39 – Forgotten picker strangely colour coordinated.
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38 – Bent fence rail.
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37 – Fence post hat.
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36 – Out of order drainage grates.
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35 – Building.  Abandoned?
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34 – Shattered window glass.
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33 – Floating City I.  Water bottle in the sky.  A dream for sure. Please see the video on this web site.
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32 – Floating City II.
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31 – Floating City III.
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30 – Tree bags – bag tree.
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29 – Well worn ceramic tile.
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28 – Correct size, incorrect colour – Floor tile repair.
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27 – Loose screw – old plate.
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26 – Water bottles (full) – the result of a mischievous clandestine act.
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25 – Source material for the mischievous act (almost) buried in the undergrowth (see above).
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24 – Worn and tired, they release their essences.
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23 – Orange flexible conduit tubing – empty.
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22 – Fence supporting rusted through metal retaining post.
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21 – Pavement pattern – wet / dry options.
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20 – Public restroom light loosely hanging from its bracket.
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19 – Public restroom sinks (McDonalds) – Open Box Please Use First.
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18 – Improving the image of construction – Rubbish eddy.
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17 – Things lying about.
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16 – 5:17 pm – Time piece public sculpture with construction barriers.
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15 – Leaking gutter.
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14 – Same as above.
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13 – Floating City IV.
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12 – Floating City – Detail (Styrofoam).
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11 – City Floating (ugh!).
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10 – Submerged pages – Unconscious words.
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09 – Over flowing dust bin.
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08 – Floating City V.
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07 – An umbrella – nothing more nothing less, except for the supportive coffee cup companion.
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06 – Water bottle on dust bin.
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05 – Public toilets turned night club (closed).
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04 – Well arranged mattresses – Bicycle lock stands.
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03 – Walking by bagged accumulations of unwanted stuff.
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02 – Wellies left on the sidewalk in a posh neighbourhood.
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01 – Large industrial dust bin at the side of the road.
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