Where do these stairs go?
Sorry about the scrolling down.
These are stairs that exist in the back hallways at Simon Fraser University. I marked Provincial Exams there today (and yesterday and tomorrow and Tuesday). I marked 660 exams today and over 1000 over the last two days. It’s been fun.
What really has been fun is the Maggie Benson Center. We mark exams in three different rooms in this building and I’ve spent quite a number of days over the last 10 years marking exams here. What that means is that I’ve tried out as many back hallways as possible. Some are not accessible without a security pass, but quite a few allow anyone to wander around. I haven’t taken these stairs, but I think they come out near the student services area.
SFU is a big, concrete mass on the top of Burnaby Mountain, and was designed by Arthur Erickson. I love Erickson’s vision, in that he followed the contour of Burnaby Mountain with his designs. What I’m not sure I love is that it’s all grey. On the top of a mountain. In the Lower Mainland of BC. What that means is that it rains a lot, and even when it’s not, it’s cloudy a lot, and when you’re at the top of a mountain you’re often surrounded by clouds, even when everyone else is not. Let’s just say, it gets a little depressing up there.
But what the school has done is put in these splashes of safety yellow. On stairs. On railings. All over the place. Yellow explosions amongst the sea of grey.