City It’s Like a Jungle
One more word on the remodeling project that’s taking forever at the King Street Station, a building which is far less impressive than the majestic Union Station across the street.
Has anyone walked to the edge of the waiting room and had a peek at what the modernists covered up back in the 60s? One look and you’re heart will sink…. Remember that scene in Sartre’s novel Nausea? The one where the narrator comes across a tree that’s so big, so full of life, so present that he loses his grasp on reality, falls to the ground, and is nauseated for a spell. In the near future, something similar will happen to those waiting for trains in the King Street Station, because it’s completely wild, completely alive up there. The designers went bananas and foliated the coffered ceiling to such an extent that its better to call it a jungle.
The inside of Union Station offers us the sweeping peace of a universe that’s mastered by the mind; the inside of King Street Station brings to mind the terrible creatures in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.