DEAR SUDBURY,RE: MESSAGES ACROSS TIME & SPACE
It is hard not to imagine your twin water towers in conversation, communicating with each other from
a distance across the space of the original city. It has become a standard moment in lms about “close
encounters” for the alien occupants of the mother ship to emerge and attempt to communicate. Steps appearfrom beneath the craft, a door opens in the side or the top of the ship opens up like the roof of a sports
stadium. Illuminated messages scroll across the side or ash from the surface. There is always sound and some
complicated attempt at translation, often leading to misunderstanding and miscommunication.
We meet another water tower further out in what was once considered a separate community, now ofcially
part of your Greater Sudbury. The Falconbridge tower embodies different proportions, it seems to bestretching its legs, craning its neck to be seen and heard by the towers in the core, echoing the postures of many other small outer communities that we hear feel isolated, peripheral to the energy in the historic centreand new suburban developments.Speaking across space, time and culture is hard; it requires patience and understanding. Like much of yourpast, that is not totally past (the super stacks, rising up from the city’s horizon, are a bold reminder of this),the water towers linger, faintly transmitting signals that tell of the city’s industrial heritage, waiting to bereimagined or asked to move along.
What past, dear Sudbury, do you hope the future city imagines about itself? What stories would you like to tell? And how will you tell them? Sudbury & Falconbridge Towers