El Torre de David, a towering 45-story skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, is a towering monument to the country’s crippling banking crisis and to the poverty experienced by the majority the city’s population. Although the building was forgotten by its investors, it was not forgotten by the impoverished people of Caracas, a city in which nearly 70% of residents live in slums.
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In 1942, a young Parisian woman fearing Nazi persecution fled to Southern France, leaving behind a lavish apartment in Paris that she would never return to. 70 years later, its hidden trove of artwork has finally been exposed for the first time. One piece, however, stood out from the rest of the artistic and historic relics – 19th-century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini’s portrait of his muse, Marthe de Florian. The painting itself has been valued at roughly $3.4 million.
While some monuments are well taken care of and protected, those that are partially or even completely run-down often are the most interesting. Here’s are some of the most ghostly abandoned places around the world. Beneath all the dust, rust and cracks, there are the stories of people who used to live there.
Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström presents unique photo series, where he captures wild animals making themselves comfortable in abandoned houses in the woods of Finland. Titled The House in the Woods, the photo series is set in cottages near Kai’s summer house, which were abandoned by their tenants after the owner of the place died in a fire.
We love showing you street artists who push the boundaries of their art form, and Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione loves to deliver. When in Parma, Italy, Baglione took the opportunity to visit a local abandoned psych ward and fill it with shadows and phantoms from his wild imagination. The long, smoke-like shadows are part of his 1000 Shadows project, in which he has been painting similar silhouettes in different installations around the world. These in particular are especially powerful, as they call to mind the tortured psyches that once inhabited these now-abandoned halls.
For all those whose heart starts beating faster when they see something old and abandoned, Homebush Bay in Sydney is the place to visit. This is were many 20th century ships, which are no longer used, ended up: one of them, the SS Ayrfield, is definitely the most impressive sight for all the lush flora, growing in its rusted hull. The fully-grown mangrove trees earned this 102-year-old, 1,140-tonne ship the Floating Forest name among the locals.
Russian street artist Nikita Nomerz travels around various cities in his homeland to find abandoned structures and bring them back to life. By adding eyes and facial features he makes old buildings laugh, smile, scream or just look at the passersby with their big window eyes.