As I wrote before, Pembroke could tell two very different stories. On the one hand, it could represent the sleepy end of a branch line, a second entrant into a market barely big enough for one. On the other, it could demonstrate the unbridled optimism of the age of progress and of small towns like Pembroke in particular.
I choose the latter, but with a jumble of temporary massing models in the scene, it’s hard to tell. So this week I am experimenting with a textual cue. The quote from Canada’s first francophone prime minister reads
The 20th century shall be the century of Canada and Canadian development… For the next 100 years, Canada shall be the star towards which all men who love progress and freedom shall come.Sir Wilfred Laurier, 1904
I chose the Harrison font to evoke the turn of the century aesthetic and printed the text onto paper, which I cut out and taped in place. If it still sits well in a few weeks after the rest of the family has seen it, I will cut it in vinyl and make it more permanent. I may elide the word “men” to make it more inclusive, and will have to play with the font and spacing to make it fit on one panel.
What do you think? Is this reaching too far? Too pretentious?