Imperial Oil Building,
This page contains brief descriptions of the
individual sections in York Wilson's grand narrative meditation on the
history of oil.
Like so many stories, Wilson's narrative is meant to be
read from left to right. The left panel depicts the manner in which existence
of petroleum began, arising from the slow decomposition of animal
of years ago.
The "gusher" is meant to symbolize the
discovery of oil. Above the gusher sits an illustration of a solar eclipse,
which acts as a punctuation for the moment of discovery.
A depiction of a farm as it was at the point when
mankind discovered oil.
A beam of light extends from the "punctuation"
at the extreme right of the left panel, and continues onto the right panel.
The beam leads to a giant hand
that symbolizes man's rearrangement of molecular clusters.
The entire composition deals with man having to put oil to