Archive for the 'decay' Category

Brooklyn melons

June 28, 2008

I was in Brooklyn recently doing some preliminary work on a commission for the Brooklyn Historical Society. Here are some fruits of wanderings deep in the borough, including a real and counterfeit $10 bill, and (the last image) the dilapidated-but-charmtastic Avenue Q subway stop.

[pix by imagineering]

Soviet era flora and fauna

February 4, 2008

Pictures from this location.

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[pix by imagineering]

Beached soviet espionage outposts

January 28, 2008

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“From 1988 to 2001, groups of Russian weapons inspectors were stationed at the Hercules Aerospace plant in Magna, Utah. After the inspectors left, their guardhouses were removed from the plant and transported to Wendover, Utah. They now stand empty and deprived of their original context, forlorn Soviet islands in the Utah salt desert.” – Lewis Colborn

Lewis and I were both on residencies last summer at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah. Lewis was working on a project that dealt with these transplanted guardhouses, which you can see on his website here. I stopped by to take a look and made the pictures below.

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The guardhouses had been fully functioning surveillance units, kitted out for both espionage and residence. They’d been shipped over from Russia in entirety, from the formica to the siding to the oven. Seeing them was an eyeful: on a remote, decaying former American air force base, these two Soviet time capsules sit, beached.

Below is selection of then-and-now comparisons.

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[pix by imagineering]

Recycled

January 3, 2008

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Cheerful faux architecture on a metal dumpster. Sure does liven up the parking lot.

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[pix by imagineering]

When trees attack

January 3, 2008

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[pix by imagineering]

Dump

November 9, 2007

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Reportage on a sunday outing to the Roseville, CA, dump. Notice the line, a popular activity.

Railside

November 5, 2007

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Love these old painted signs. The Southern Pacific railroad used to paint their company name on train bridges. Seems sort of sweet and quaint and personal in comparison to today’s standards.

Salt flat signage

April 30, 2007

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[Photos by imagineering]

Midnight Auto Supply

April 28, 2007

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[Photo by imagineering, joke via Troutkiller]