Poèmes sans paroles IV: Queen Victoria Building, evening

‘From this epoch derive the arcades and intérieurs, the exhibition halls and panoramas. They are residues of a dream world.’ — Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project.

Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building is a bizarre Byzantine bazaar, a constantinopolean cathedral consecrated to commerce in the grand nineteenth century tradition.  Through the great rounded arches of its windows at dusk, it gives the flâneur a fortuitous glimpse of a world of light and colour, like a movie painted in the monochromatic darkness of a cinema…

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