A set of pipe fittings as an improvised handrail.

We can take things like handrails for granted. But they’re not just a decoration. That may seem obvious. But sometimes a bit of decoration can be nice. The handrail in this photograph lacks any decoration. It’s more of an improvised handrail than an intentional part of the built environment. This looks like it’s out of a steampunk scene. Which would be great if the larger setting were the same. But it’s not.

However, it is an interesting piece of work on its own. It’s pitted and scarred. This isn’t the first place it’s been. It’s been around a while. Seen other things. Now, it sits in the sun waiting for someone to need a handhold.

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James Smith