Rust in Peace


White Bay’s turbine hall [Australia].

There’s this sense of wonder you get when looking at abandoned buildings. You try to imagine what these spaces were like when they were filled with busy workers trying to meet production targets. And why did they close?

(Brett Patman, “Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings — a photo essay,” The Guardian, 5-11-19)


Kandos cement works [Australia].

The spectacle of decay and decrepitude on an industrial scale is somehow stirring.


Women’s wards at Callan Park [Australia].

The so-called advances in how we make buildings seem to be matched by an acceleration of the rate at which they disintegrate.


The lounge of the Kinugawa Kan Hotel [Australia].


A former snack bar in Yubari [Australia].

It’s hard to imagine anything erected today standing — like a Roman bridge — a thousand years from now.


Residential building, 1980s, Chkalovsk, Tajikistan. Photograph: Stefano Perego.

However, …


Residential building, 1980s, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Photograph: Stefano Perego.

… toxic, putrefying, oxidized, infested, cankerous, crumbling, melancholy, five-star has-beens…


Aul housing complex, 1986, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Architects: B. Voronin, L. Andreyeva, Y. Ratushny, V. Lepeshov, V. Vi. Photograph: Stefano Perego.

… are fertile ground for art and piety,…


Residential building, 1984, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. E. Yerzovsky. Photograph Roberto Conte.

… which spring from death anyway.


Residential building, 1980s. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Photograph: Stefano Perego.

(Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego, “When Soviets met Stans: the tower blocks of central Asia — in pictures,” The Guardian, 5-3-19.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Rust in Peace

  1. Some of the residential buildings are stunning

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    • JMN says:

      I agree. For me the residential buildings have a brave, shabby, forlorn splendor and daring, or at least ambitious, design. I wanted to use more images, but was afraid of over-poaching from the two great photo essays.


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