Salvaging Ruins in Creative Ways

Posted by on Aug 10 2010 | Photography

Among the dilapidated buildings of a decaying city, artists are beginning to adapt to their environment in new and creative ways. A recent article in the New York Times about Detroit summarizes a new wave of local artists and cultural organizations that are embracing the demise of their city with a frontier-like perspective.

Andrew Moore, one of the artists featured in our upcoming auction, has also done this. He has been exploring the architectural vestiges of Detroit in recent years, and his findings have become the topic of his latest photographic project Detroit Disassembled. Check him out in this video climbing through hollowed buildings and mounds of concrete and steel, like a photographic pioneer. Peacock Alley, one of my favorite images from this series, pays homage to the wreckage, and inspires me to think about how much spirit one place can hold onto, even when crumbling to pieces.

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    Olivia Arnone is Auction Coordinator for the George Eastman House Benefit Auction.

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