This picture shows a small stuffed toy rabbit that I found while exploring an old car mechanics on Ardgowan Street in Port Glasgow. The buildings, which were only recently abandoned and have since been demolished due to a fire which occurred shortly after the premises being vacated, sat on a much larger site of empty wasteland, and were the last buildings which remained on the site. The site contained some fairly juvenile graffiti, nowhere near the standard that I’ve found at other sites such as Polphail, and was strewn with wrecked furniture, old oil drums and piles of old burned tyres and various pieces of car. You could still smell the smoke from the fire several years previous inside the buildings.
The reason I chose this picture is that for me it leaves more questions than it answers. Whereas the old tyres and bits of car immediately inform you that the old building was one a mechanics, the little rabbit leaves you wondering how it got to be in such an inherently adult and traditionally masculine environment, far removed from the type of place you might expect a child to play and accidentally leave behind its toy.
Maybe it was left behind by one of the people who used to work here, a present given to a mother or father from their child to take to work and remember them by. Or perhaps it accidentally found its way into a bag or a pocket in the morning rush to get everyone to work, school or nursery. Or, maybe I’m wrong, maybe it was left here by a child. After all, children can be adventurous and inquisitive, and may well have decide to explore that building which they could never previously access but which now lay wide open in its abandoned state. If I’m honest, it’s probably a bit of that childish curiosity that brings me to explore these places.
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