Back in the 1980’s during a trip across Canada I was able to visit the West Edmonton Mall, which was in a back and forth tussle with a mall in the USA for the claim to be the largest shopping mall on the continent. And today, I was able to visit the other contender in the battle, the Mall of America in Minneapolis. The first thing that struck me is that I recall the West Edmonton Mall looking immediately huge — it was a truly impressive space. The Mall of America is clearly large too, but the way it is laid out it is hard to get a sense of its size from any one vantage point. That said, we ended up covering a bit of ground while we were there! I smiled to myself when I came across the Windows Store, Microsoft’s attempt at an Apple Store retail environment. But the smile broadened to a grin when I looked to my immediate left, only to see an Apple Store directly opposite the Windows Store. I imagine there is some amount of people pointing and sniggering in the respective windows as they look across to their competitors. (I was surprised that the Windows Store wasn’t decked out in beige. Oops — did I just reveal my allegiance?)Another store we stopped by was the Lego Store, and one striking feature they have inside the door is this huge wall with bins of colorful bricks. So I guess if your whatever you’re making is say, one lime-colored brick short, you can pop by the store and get it without having to buy a whole box of Lego. And as a photographic subject of course, tit would be hard to go past the wall and not take a shot. So here it is!
Friday, June 8