Thursday, June 15, 2006

Eerie and Beautiful Pictures of Architecture, Ruins, Buildings around Detroit

An eerie staring face mural painted amongst encroaching graffiti in a disused railway station. - Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI was just wandering around the Internet looking for random things involving pre-Depression and post-Depression fiction, news, events, and buildings when I stumbled across DetroitYES -- a website that pretty much caters to a strange community of urban photography, lost architecture, and the ruins of Detroit.

Staring beyond the accumulating defacements, this massive head equals in size and feel the Olmec stone heads I have seen in Jalapa, Veracruz.

Some things that really caught my attention were the "urban cave drawings" expo, which is really about graffiti, tagging, and some particularly spectacular images drawn onto the underside of an abandoned railway switch station. Other buildings that caught my attention were the Butzel Library, razed to the ground in 1998; St. Stanislaus Cathedral, an incinerator; and Ferry Street, also here, a series of 19th century mansions, abandoned to weather, time, and foliage, but still stunningly beautiful.

The area that I've been spending most of my time in is The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.Some of the images are just stunning, and all of them come along with histories and small anecdotes about the picture taking.

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