Whistler is a modern ski resort less than 60 years old and as you walk round the resort you become aware that although there is considerable variety in the individual design of buildings, there are also architectural features that all buildings have in common, and there are motifs that have been employed that provide a sense of cohesion.
One of those motifs is rock-faced columns or stacks. They are a feature of the facade and portico of the hotel where we stayed, where I first noticed them; and then I realized that they were also to be found throughout Whistler village. The majority, and the most photogenic, of the columns were of a warm-toned rock. I particularly liked their seemingly random appearance. No attempt to ‘layer’ individual rocks as you would with bricks, and no attempt at a uniformity of colour, shape or size. The result is an abstract design that I found pleasing on the eye. And the more I looked, the more I was aware of the subtle differences. At a glance each column conformed, and yet on closer inspection each column was unique.
I photographed forty-eight of them (and there were more). And today you see just five of them. It seemed to me that there was only one way to display them – in a panel. Side by side you see the motif – the same but different.