The Future Memories of a Ghost Town
86 cm W x 124 cm H x 8 cm D / 25 kg (34" W x 49" H x 3" D / 55 lbs)
"The Future Memories of a Ghost Town" explores the frailty of a community that after flourishing under the vitality of a dominating industry it is now about to succumb to the economic challenges brought by the political and environmental dynamics. The place chosen for this act is at the heart of a North-American urban architecture where the magnitude of the downtown buildings imposes an overwhelming presence for an Eastern European like me. The agglomeration irritates. Layers of rectangular shapes grow under, between, and over other layers of rectangular shapes. Regular, minimalistic structures impetuously fill the space above the ground forming true canyons. Vertical structures of steel and concrete compete like trees in a tropical forest. The sky sends its fragmented reflections on the glass facades to me sitting at their feet. Nature itself is trapped indoors. People work long hours, their windows are lit still (the black glass lines, like a negative). But not for long. The economic turmoil turns the lights off. Once vibrating with energy, the city now degenerates. Maintenance is reduced to a minimum. Plaster blisters and crumbles, uncovering lath and bricks, and wires and pipes burst out of their confines.
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