Urbex, Urban Art & More
This wrecked MiG-21bis fighter plane was downed during an attack on the Croatian village of Saborsko on November 9, 1991. Its mangled metal looks like a piece of urban art, but also stands as a tragic reminder of the events that came to pass nearby.
They say you can’t take your possessions to the grave with you. But that’s not strictly the case for one deceased car fanatic in London’s Manor Park cemetery, whose tomb boasts a granite sculpture of his favourite BMW M3 convertible.
Twenty five years ago today, the worst nuclear accident in history engulfed the cities of Chernobyl and nearby Pripyat. In this article we remember those affected by the tragedy, and examine the ghost cities quarter of a century later.
Chinese artist Jiang Pengyi takes urban art to a new level in his thought provoking series, Unregistered Cities, critiquing what he calls the “excessive urbanization, redevelopment and demolition” of Beijing.
Our ongoing quest to track down ghost towns and abandoned cities across every continent has brought us – finally – to South America, a stunningly beautiful landscape with a rich history and plenty of enigmatic abandonments.
The UK is home to a number of abandoned villages that urban explorers definitely do not want to infiltrate. Many of them dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086, the villages are now used to train soldiers in close quarters combat for Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you thought garden sheds were for storing the lawn mower and patio furniture, you’d clearly not banked on the Shed of the Year Awards. Check out these eccentric offerings, from pubs and offices to eco and tardis sheds.
Some venues are more coveted than others for urban exploration, but there’s really no limits to where this bold subculture will go. This sequel to our popular recent urbex article documents 10 more incredible abandonments for your viewing pleasure.
Those familiar with Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” will recognise the ironic concept of destruction as a form of creation. Canadian artist Steve McGhee takes this idea to a whole new level, turning the urban landscape into a chaotic dystopia.
Chloride, Arizona is one ghost town that is still very much alive. Home to the strange Chloride Murals by artist Roy Purcell, the town’s population is comprised of an eclectic mix of retired business people, families and artists.
Detroit’s Michigan Theater has been transformed into an unofficial Italian Renaissance-style parking garage. Built on the site of Henry Ford’s first car workshop, the Michigan has ironically returned to the place from whence it came.
Known as technology demonstrators and operating from the top secret Groom Lake, these groundbreaking designs tested low observable technologies and proved that stealth aircraft could operate behind enemy lines with a high degree of survivability.
An underground London cinema known as “Lambeth Palace” opened by the illusive street artist Banksy was purchased by the Old Vic Theatre Company last year, and looks set to host a series of “innovative and surprising arts events” throughout 2011.
In a disused streetcar tunnel beneath Kingsway in central London lurks the abandoned Holborn tramway station. Built in 1906 as part of the Kingsway tramway subway, Holborn was one of two stations along the subterranean route that still exists today.
This article features a series of photographs by Sameli Kujala, depicting a Saab 35 Draken fighter plane that had been neglected and vandalised in northern Finland. One of the lucky survivors, the aircraft has now been rescued and reassembled.