You could read a lot into that image of the scaffolding erected at the front of Parliament Buildings.
How this standout place at the top of the political hill has been propped up since the Martin McGuinness resignation as Deputy First Minister in early January.
How, after the subsequent election in March, the focus has been on trying to restore political stability.
And how, after that dramatic announcement in Downing Street on Tuesday, Stormont looks even more vulnerable.
Unsteady, uncertain – unsure of its future.
Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election for June 8 is a confirmation of how far down the list of political priorities you have to read to find this place.
The peace process – the political process here – are yesterday’s news and headlines.
This was Blair’s project. He took it further than John Major and his Government could or would.
David Cameron paid attention only when he absolutely had to, and Theresa May stepped in with that announcement on Tuesday making things even more difficult and complicated.
This place is an afterthought in the bigger Brexit play and plan.
How does Secretary of State James Brokenshire convince anyone that a deal is now possible in the current talks – a deal before Parliament is dissolved at the start of May?
“I’m going to have a boxing match with him tomorrow [Thursday],” one talks negotiator told this website.
One imagines there will be several such boxing matches.
Then what? What next?
“They’ll play this out,” one insider commented – meaning let this phase of talking continue.
In the quiet corridors of Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, there was no hint, or suggestion or talk of an agreement.
So what are the choices?
“Election or park it,” one negotiator commented, meaning a second election – an Assembly election – also on June 8, or the talks parked until after the announced snap General Election on that date.
While Brokenshire has said that there is no appetite for another Stormont contest, a unionist source believes he could yet be “tempted” to use that June 8 date.
This is some of the thinking out that you hear in conversations away from the microphones.
Brokenshire has decisions to make – and not much time to think them through.
Weeks of talking on the political hill have not produced an agreement.
What will an election or elections change? The numbers but not the issues.
That Stormont scaffolding could be needed for some time yet.
Park the talking now and what are the chances of agreement before the autumn?
Weeks of uncertainty will quickly become months of uncertainty.