Urbex, Urban Art & More
In a move that will be welcomed by aviation enthusiasts on both sides of the Pond, it’s been reported that the UK’s controversially mothballed fleet of 74 Harrier Jump Jets will see active service again – but not in Britain.
In Part 12 of our weekly round-up of great articles, we explore more awesome urbex chronicles, a converted Nazi bunker, incredible views from volcanoes and the highest town in the world, as well as recycled art and other curiosities.
Cardrona Bra Fence – arguably New Zealand’s strangest tourist attraction – appeared mysteriously over Christmas 1999 and almost inspired the longest bra chain in the world after it was ultimately removed by the local council.
Dennis Maher’s urban art installations, taken from the least profitable parts of demolished buildings in Buffalo, evoke creation and destruction and reflect how the waste of abandoned buildings impacts negatively on the environment.
One of the more weird and wonderful attractions along historic Route 66 near Barstow, California is Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch, made from hundreds of empty bottles mounted on recycled scrap metal poles.
These wonderfully creative geodesic domes are the work of British graphic designer Nick Sayers, who began creating spherical sculptures and shelters from re-purposed materials around 1992.
In the eleventh installment of our popular weekly link round-up, join us as we explore awesome urbex venues from the world’s most creepy abandoned water parks to a group of artists who’ve set out to “beautify” several derelict buildings.
Truk Lagoon in Micronesia became home to a spectacular sunken ship graveyard after Operation Hailstone, a massive US Navy assault launched against the Japanese fleet in 1944. Among them is the San Francisco Maru, known as the Million Dollar Wreck.
The Quilted Gas Station Project, which transformed an abandoned filling station in Syracuse, New York, promotes sustainable living through recycled art while expressing concern about our global dependence on oil.
They sound like the ghosts of abandoned cities, but in reality phantom settlements never existed at all. Ironically, some have gained a cult following and boast online “residents”, while others have even come to exist in the real world.
Rather than just another Halloween article, we thought it would be fun to offer a whole selection of spooky tales drawn from the Urban Ghosts archives, from Jack O’Lantern carvings to haunted hotels and creepy urban legends. Happy Halloween!
In the spirit of Halloween, it seemed appropriate to discuss an eerie London tale that may or may not be an urban legend – the Dead Body Train, which some say ran between Whitechapel Tube station and the Royal London Hospital.
Welcome to Part 10 of Urban Ghosts’ top links of the week, bringing together yet another assortment of great articles from our friends, partners and publishers we like around the web.
There may not be much left, but its distinctive tail section and grey-green camouflage scheme identify this downed British aircraft as an RAF Harrier GR3, destroyed during the Falklands War in a raid on Goose Green.
It looks like a crashed flying saucer, but this abandoned retro-futuristic home is a Futuro House, designed by Matti Suuronen during the late 1960s. Only about 100 were built, of which perhaps 50 still exist across the globe.