1st Location - Richland Mall, U.S. 30, Mansfield, Ohio
So as some of you may have read in my previous post, we were unable to fly to Alberta yesterday due to an issue with my husband’s passport. We made a crazy decision in the lobby of Logan airport to drive across the US and up into Alberta from Montana. On the upside, this meant we could snag about 5 more locations for The Shore Project on our new route. First stop: Mansfield, OHIO!
After spending last night in PA, we woke bright and early this morning and hit the road for Mansfield. As we reached the Richland Mall around 2:00pm, we noticed the big white Lazarus tower from Shore’s 1973 photograph. As we drove closer we saw a huge construction site full of cranes, back hoes, trucks, and hard hats. Despite all of the commotion, we were able to find the right angel and begin shooting, cranes and all. After about seven minutes, we see the foreman walking towards us, neon orange safety shirt, yellow hard hat, with a curious look on his face. We explained what we were up to and showed him Shore’s photograph from 1973, he relaxed and shared a bit of knowledge with us: the mall was built in 1966, it is now a hospital, the blue tiles are leaking, they all need to be covered up.
This goes to show you that sometimes it is better to take the route you did not plan for. Good things can happen when you take a chance. In a way, I am happy that we couldn’t get on that plane to Alberta, these tiles would have ALL been long gone by the time we planned a trip out to Ohio…and we wouldn’t have been able to talk to that curious construction man.