Rust - JP. Zanotti

Our industrial past vanishes slowly, always out of sight, engulfed by rust and vegetation. You'll find here some odd beauties waiting for the final collapse. Nobody seems to care about them and it's a pity considering the substantial efforts made by artists, architects and craftsmen to design and build them.

Of course the huge costs to save them is the main reason to their agony but what is surprising is that most of time, there are no attempts to initiate an heritage preservation process within documents, photographs, maps, etc. Danger is the main issue to obtain a grant access to these places, and the more the weather degrades them, the more difficult it is. Very often, the only legacies of these forgotten places are some photographs made by urbexers.

Wine Cellar. Camargues.

Nowadays, industries do not care about architecture anymore, cost effectiveness is much more important. Simplistic structures, corrugated iron roofs, concrete blocks... everything should be built quickly and has to be dismantled just as fast. This was not the case during the last two centuries and some industrial sites are really stunning. You just have to compare the new ones to the old fashioned ones to realize that. 

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