Learn about the plight of the Petrie Building: vimeo.com/angusmclellan/demolitionbyneglect
Please note: the primary voice heard in this video belongs to David Knight, who was providing a preliminary opinion of what we were seeing, in the moment. His opinions may have changed since that time, and new facts that may contradict his words may have been uncovered. Please hear his statements as an "off-the-cuff" narrative.
Petrio is a compilation of three short videos made about the Petrie Building in Guelph, ON: "We were here" (left panel, 1st), "Intrepid" (left panel, 2nd), and "Dynasty" (right panel). The videos were created for the exhibition held to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Petrie building, which is unique in Canada for its design and history but is in a state of severe disrepair.
"We were here" focuses on the etchings left on the second and third floor walls over the course of 80+years (beginning in the 1890s). Why these drawings and names were left on these walls is unknown.
"Intrepid" tells the story of three urban explorers who entered the building in June, 2012 to photograph and document the interior of the buildings upper floors, to which there has been very little access in 50 years.
"Dynasty" presents the condition of the upper floors of the building, where relics and designs of the past still remain with only decay for company.
Filmed on a Canon 5D with an 85mm L series lens, and a Canon 60D with a Tamron 28mm-50mm lens
Audio was recorded in-camera
Video created by Angus McLellan
Featuring David Knight and Dean Palmer
Special thanks to the owners of the Petrie Building (Guelph, ON) for permitting us access to the space