Remember the fairy tale Three Little Pigs? Just in case you don’t, let’s refresh your memory, straight from our own memory. Three little pigs are escaping the big bad wolf and each builds a house to hide in. The first pig builds a house of straw, but the wolf huffed and puffed and brought the house down, forcing poor little pig No.1 to have to run off and take shelter with his friend — or was it brother?
Well, Pig No.2’s house of sticks didn’t fare much better. It only took a few huffs and puffs from the big bad wolf to bring the whole thing down, making the two pigs homeless. They scurried off to take shelter with Pig No.3.
The third pig had taken a little more caution when building his house. He used bricks, and even though the big bad wolf huffed and puffed until he was blue in the face, the house was too sturdy for his efforts. And when the big bad wolf tried to enter the house through the chimney, he didn’t find cookies and milk waiting for him, but a caldron of boiling water!
All this talk about pigs is making us crave a bacon sandwich. Unfortunately we don’t have any bread at home and are too lazy to make our own, which would anyway take a few hours. We’ll just have to wait for the Union Yard Winter Market to open in an hour or so to get some grub.
But there was a point to our earlier ramble about the Three Little Pigs and their houses. Back in September, when our wollen scarves and gloves were still in the back of our closets, we were walking along Southwark Street and noticed a new house in a previously empty lot. How did someone build a house overnight, we thought? So we crossed the street to take a closer look, only to find out that this was not a real house after all.
The two-story building, a project by Alex Chinneck as part of the MERGE Festival 2014, was actually made our of wax bricks and would melt, literally before the eyes of passer-bys, over the next few weeks. In fact, it had already started melting when we first came across it and only continued to do so over the following weeks.