S u p e r V a l u   R e d u x

— a photographic evocation of the edifice —

You shopped at SuperValu a hundred times, but how often did you stop to admire the artistic form of this now-demolished architectural icon? Bright colours from the translucent façade played upon you in the check-out line, and the beams arching overhead followed you and your cart to the parking lot where they swept downward and gently met the earth.

This mid-Century modern classic that stood on Martin St. from 1964 until 2006 is gone, but it can still be admired in SuperValu Redux - a photographic evocation of the edifice - by Drew Makepeace.

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View the SuperValu Redux Virtual Exhibit
including the outdoor installation
The SuperValu beams have been ressurected! After languishing in outdoor storage for several years, the huge curving laminated wood beams were used to construct a beautiful house east of Penticton. Designer and builder Geoff Orr kindly gave me a tour and allowed me to photograph his excellent re-use of the building's materials. The beams supporting the roof in an inverted orientation, while others are nearly vertical, supported by the original metal brackets. It is a fitting tribute to the grocery store's elegant design that some of its form and substance lives on in this exemplary structure. Fuego thumbnail
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Read the Articles about SuperValu Redux
from Off-Centre Magazine and the Penticton Western News
Artist's statement by Drew Makepeace
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David Kilmartin photo
Read David Kilmartin's Article on SuperValu Redux vis-à-vis Penticton Art
A SuperValu Redux post on the SalvoNews Blog.
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Demolition slideshow
Demolition Slideshow
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