My roommate ML and I decided to accompany our other roommate to her hometown of St. Jean for the weekend. Fully decked out in summer apparel, flip flops notwithstanding, we were on our way to pick strawberries but found ourselves delayed by two hours. Having only been away from Montreal for less than 24 hours, we felt the need to infuse our day with some urban grit, and how better to do that than to take a walk around Usine Croydon, otherwise known as the former home of the Singer sewing machine factory. The gates surrounding the abandoned compound were wide open and welcoming. What followed was a tour through an art gallery of sorts — countless graffiti and paintings, mangled metal objects hanging from the ceiling, and perfect lighting.
Tags: Industry, Small Towns, Urban Exploration