Sunday, March 3, 2019

Pink Window

A favorite bakery outgrew its original space several years ago. They moved into a building with an unfortunate-looking addition on the back. On a gray winter day a couple of weeks ago, I looked up and saw it differently. Yes, the tiles were dingy and worn, but the shell-colored ones echoed that pink glass window. I studied the way the grid of tiles set off the crisp reflection in the window. Even the drips of rust now looked like part of an intentional composition. Pink mirrored glass was first popular in the 1920s. Perhaps this rose-colored window was an escapee from a 1977 office tower clad entirely in colored glass. Just you wait. Pink glass might be back in style again in 2027.