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On the Wall

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Walking into Dreams that Dwell

Panmure Villa now known as Armistead House,

once used as a convalescent home for small children.

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 It changed and reformed into a large formidable house,

a fortunate children’s home for discarded childhood.

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Could laughter echo, was there space for love?

Time passes and society convert’s, a children’s home no longer in use.

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Even the child development center was not a lasting retreat,

Now the building lies dormant with a trace of what stood.

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A property developer has a changing vision,

will children still dwell?

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no-longer the villa, a house, the home or center,

and a new invested dream will develop and sell.

 

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Time Space Compression

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Walking through the streets of Dundee through residential areas, housing estates, industrial sprawl, city and the places in-between. I feel the past, present and future collide. Shifting between what the land had been, what it is now and the possibilities of what it could become.

I follow the line of the tram onto the  Perth Road and I am surprised by what cultures influence such a small stretch of street. I find Turkish, Italian and Oriental restaurants. I can drink coffee from South America or buy traditional Scottish fare. As I walk, I count the countries shaping the street and I think of the community, now worldwide. I wonder what transformation the community has made over time? How different a tram journey along this street would have been.