Friday, July 6, 2012

Gasometer, Wola

June 11
During the process of fragment collecting, I happened to find two abandoned brick gasometers in the Wola district of Warsaw. I hopped the fence to look inside one of them and the scale and majesty of the space, as well as the pathos of its abandonment, really touched me. It is an industrial cathedral, with a choir of pigeons... There is a project to turn them into apartments- although this would increase their economic value and make them accessible to more people, it would definitely result in the loss of their aura, in Walter Benjamin's sense of the word. For me, half the magic of this place lies in the fact that I had to sneak in- it was a stolen glimpse of a foreign world.

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