Über die verlassenen Luxuskarren in Dubai hatte ich schonmal vor drei Jahren gebloggt. Nach der Finanzkrise sind dort jede Menge Kredite geplatzt, die Gastarbeiter verlassen das Land und lassen ihre Autos in der Wüste stehen, wo sie dann monatelang Staub sammeln und vor sich hingammeln. Hier ein ganzes Flickr-Set voller abandoned Cars of Dubai und oben ein besonders hübsches Beispiel: Ein verrottender Ferrari Enzo.
Here it is, a $1.6 million Ferrari Enzo sitting abandoned for 20 months gathering dust in Dubai. The owner had amassed a total of $30,000 in parking and speeding fines and rather than pay decided to flee the country. The catch is that in Dubai failure to pay fines is an offense that can get you jail time so if he had showed up to pay the fines he would have ended up in prision.
Dietmar Eckel fotografiert verrottende Flugzeuge an den Orten, an denen sie Notlanden mussten oder abstürzten – und aus denen alle Menschen gerettet wurden. Schönes Projekt, derzeit finanziert sich Eckel einen Fotoband über Indiegogo.
‘Happy End’ is a photo-project about miracles in aviation history – 15 airplanes that had forced landings but ALL on board survived and were rescued from the remote locations. The planes remain abandoned in nowhere since 10-70 years. […] This series is for me more than wrecks not worth to recover: it’s surreal – beautiful airplanes in vast landscapes with wonderful stories.
Aus einem Artikel der South China Morning Post über die Kowloon Walled City: Eine tolle Risszeichnung mit Erklärungen zu städtischen Einrichtungen wie Schulen oder den – yep! – von Triaden betriebenen Puffs, Opiumhöhlen und Casinos. Die Einwohnerzahl Kowloon Walled Citys hatte sich seit den Siebzigern jede Dekade verdoppelt, bei gleichbleibendem Raum. Ergebnis war eine fast schon autonome Stadt, die wild bebaut rumwucherte. 1993 wurde die Stadt abgerissen.
A 2.7-hectare enclave of opium parlours, whorehouses and gambling dens run by triads, it was a place where police, health inspectors and even tax collectors feared to tread. In Cantonese, it was known as the City of Darkness. But though it may have been a fetid slum, crawling with rats and dripping with sewage, it was stoutly defended to the last by those who lived there, as well as an unlikely ensemble of Chinese shopkeepers, faith healers and self-taught dentists.
It was once thought to be the most densely populated place on earth, with 35,000 people crammed into a few tiny apartment blocks and more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect. But in March 1993, the last batch of residents finally accepted the government’s rehousing terms and compensation terms. It brought down the final curtain on a bizarre chapter of Hong Kong’s colonial past.
Ist nur ein Werbespot für irgendwelchen sehr egalen Streetware-Kram, aber für Evel Knievel auf’m Flugzeugfriedhof bin ich dann doch sehr zu haben.
Jon Crispin fotografiert seit rund zwei Jahren alte und längst vergessene Koffer aus der verlassenen Willard Anstalt, über das Projekt hatte ich schon ein paar mal gebloggt. Das Projekt ist jetzt abgeschlossen, Collectors Weekly hat ein Interview und einige bisher unveröffentlichte Fotos:
Dmytre’s suitcase is another that I really like, it’s the last case I did. Dmytre was very moving. He was Ukrainian and clearly brilliant. He had notebooks filled with drawings of sine waves and mathematical things like that. There’s a wedding picture of Dmytre and his wife, and she’s holding a bouquet of fake flowers, which were also in the case.
Dmytre was interesting because he got arrested by the Secret Service because he went to Washington, D.C. and said that he was actually married to the wife of the president. He said he was married to Margaret Truman. And what’s great is there’s a little Washington monument thermometer in the case, so clearly he bought a little tchotchke on his trip to D.C. and then later got arrested for saying that he was Margaret Truman’s husband.
Hier der dritte Teil von Ross Chings „Empty America“-Serie für Ashton Kutchers Thrashlab, passend zur US-Wahl morgen natürlich Washington.
In this episode of Thrash Lab’s “Empty America” timelapse series, we take you to Washington, D.C. – the capitol of the United States of America. Visit landmarks like the Capitol Building, Jefferson Memorial and the White House without any security guards, without tourists. Enjoy the beautiful geographical layout and the iconic buildings without any distraction.
Das dazugehörige Bonusvideo dazu: Making A Vision Become A Reality.
Das Thrashlab hat Ross Chings dritten Teil seiner „Empty America“-Serie online gestellt, heute passenderweise New York. Passenderweise, weil dort grade Hurricane Sandy (Pics, Live-Updates) auf New York trifft und die geräumte U-Bahn praktisch dasselbe zeigt, wie der Clip von Ross Ching, nur in echt. Jedenfalls: Empty Amerca, New York, Snip:
Thrash Lab’s “Empty America” timelapse travel series takes you to New York City. All the bridge and tunnel people have been sent home and Manhattan has been wiped empty! Penn Station, Wall Street, Central Park, Times Square, The Met and Fifth Avenue have never looked so vacant. Sorry New Yorkers, you won’t have much luck getting a cab, but you can experience your city beautiful and empty and take in the iconic streets and architecture without clutter!
Das dazugehörige Bonusvideo dazu: What Makes A Video Go Viral?
Ross Ching hat den zweiten Teil seiner Empty America online gestellt, diesmal mit niemandem in Seattle, hier das Making Of dazu.
“Empty America” continues in Seattle with scenic sky and cityscapes, with beloved landmarks from the parks to the port, see the high-rolling clouds over Seattle’s Space Needle through a beautiful black hole sun with not a person in sight.
Vor drei Jahren ging Ross Ching mit seinem Video eines von Menschen verlassenen Los Angeles’ durch so ziemlich das komplette Internetz, jetzt macht er daraus eine ganze Serie für das Trashlab (in dem Ashton Kutcher irgendwie drinhängt) und der erste Teil ist das leere San Francisco. Ich werd’ sämtliche Teile hier posten, der YT-Channel ist umgehend im Feedreader gelandet und hier gibt’s noch einen Clip mit dem Making Of.
This series of videos aims to show some of the most iconic cities in America without people. It’s a series that was initially inspired by Matt Logue’s photo series “Empty LA”.
Two years ago, I took his concept and combined it with what I do best; time lapse photography. The video “Running on Empty” was such a huge success that I wanted to expand upon it but didn’t have a budget to do so. Then YouTube announced their premium channel service and Thrash Lab was created. I pitched them on the idea and we began creating the series starting with San Francisco.
Die italienische Polizei hat ein Marijuana Gewächshaus in einem stillgelegten U-Bahn-Tunnel in Rom ausgehoben. Oder wie es YT-Kommentator 44connected formuliert: „Everyone knows the pope smokes dope & tells stoner stories about Aliens creating clones & calling them Adams and Eves […] Thats some cosmic kick ass dope!“ Von der BBC:
Officers reportedly stumbled across the factory after smelling the pungent crop near an entrance, not far from the Italian central bank. The tunnel, just over half a mile (1km) long, was also being used to cultivate mushrooms. But behind a makeshift wall, police discovered rows of marijuana plants.
Video released by Italy’s financial police showed an underground greenhouse with thriving marijuana plants lit by halogen lights, and irrigated via a system of underground cisterns. There were also special chambers for drying and processing the crop. Italy’s financial police said the find was among their biggest ever seizures of cannabis – a total of 340kg of the drug with an estimated street value of 3m euros (£2.3m; $3.7m).
Schönes Portrait von Etsy über John Findra, der bei ihnen Modelle von verlassenen und verrottenden Autos verkauft. Ich bin mir sehr sicher, dass ich über die rostigen Spielzeugautos schonmal gebloggt habe, find’s aber nicht. Sei’s drum, Snip:
John Findra took the top down on his 2007 black Corvette at my request. We were starting our day with a trip across Hardeeville, South Carolina, to visit an auto body shop that inspires his artwork, 1:24 models of abandoned junker cars. On the drive, John told me that his love affair with automobiles goes back to childhood memories of the 1950s. It was the era of tailfins, chrome and custom color combinations, marketed in print and TV to the first car culture generation. John recalls cutting pictures of cars out of magazines and playing with them on the floor of his family’s New Jersey home. He keeps his love of the machines from those days alive by building them in replica. By his account, he has assembled thousands of models in his lifetime since completing his first at age seven. These days, much of his business comes from customers seeking replicas of their favorite old cars.
Also: „Screamin Eagle Trans Am Pontiac [from the] Bandit movies“! Whoa!
The iconic Screamin Eagle Trans am pontiac that was featured in the Bandit movies. This one is wrecked and represents what it might look like in some abandoned barn in Georgia. The engine is detailed with wiring and hoses, the trunk lid is opened and loosely hinged with rusty trunk floor installed. Has the graphic Eagle on the hood and has plenty of body rot.
Und: Batmobile! Seltsamerweise hat der Mann bislang noch keine verrottende Version von Mad Max’ Interceptor gemacht, da geht also noch was. Jedenfalls: Batmobile!
Here is a replica of the orginal batmobile car from the tv series of the mid sixties. This one has been laying around in the damp bat cave for awhile since its very rusty. This is a very stylist car that Batman and robin fought crime in Gotham City. Made from a platic kit and then weathered to give it a great patina..
This project imagines a future without people, where the relics of our unrealised ambitions are populated by some of the species we have, in the present day, come so close to exterminating. I hope to highlight the fragility of our economic systems and the desperate need for us to live in harmony with the other occupants of our world.
Sein Abandoned-Ding ist übrigens nicht unrealistisch, 2010 hatte ich ein Posting über die verrottenden Luxuskarossen in Dubais Wüstensand, inklusive eines ollen roten DeLoreans: The abandoned Luxuxcars of Dubai.
In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines.
In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.
- Investigate these lands as a site for cultural imagination.
- Connect communities to explore possibilities for shared stories, memories, and ideas.
- Instigate physical, social, and collaborative movement.
- Model responsible forms for creative life and ecology for the 21st Century.
- Propose possibilities for the park as an evolving constellation of our shared past, presence, and future.
2003 wurde das Massachusetts Mental Health Center nach über 90 Jahren abgerissen und in Gedenken an das Gebäude wurde Künstlerin Anna Schuleit mit einer Aktion beautragt und die füllte die komplette mit Blumen. Colossal hat bislang unveröffentlichte Bilder und ein kleines Interview mit der Dame:
In 2003 a building housing the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was slated for demolition to make way for updated facilities. The closure was a time for reflection and remembrance as the MMHC had been in operation for over 9 decades and had touched countless thousands of patients and employees alike, and the pending demolition presented a unique problem. How does one memorialize a building impossibly rich with a history of both hope and sadness, and do it in a way that reflects not only the past but also the future? And could this memorial be open to the public, not as a speech, or series of informational plaques, but as an experience worthy of they building’s unique story?
To answer that question artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to do the impossible. After an initial tour of the facility she was struck not with what she saw but with what she didn’t see: the presence of life and color. While historically a place of healing, the drab interior, worn hallways, and dull paint needed a respectful infusion of hope. With a limited budget and only three months of planning Schuleit and an enormous team of volunteers executed a massive public art installation called Bloom. The concept was simple but absolutely immense in scale. Nearly 28,000 potted flowers would fill almost every square foot of the MMHC including corridors, stairwells, offices and even a swimming pool, all of it brought to life with a sea of blooms.