Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wasted Spaces Series - What was

8"x 8" oil on board

This is a section of New London near Fort Trumbull State Park where the city used the powers of "eminent domain" to claim buildings and houses. 

I had not meant to "celebrate" one of the tools by which the city has razed these old buildings, but there was something starkly powerful, something sculptural, about this machine against the empty sky.  The photograph was taken on a weekend, so this crane seemed in that moment as utterly abandoned as the buildings themselves; and yet it bristled with the energy of recent labor and effort that it represented.  

The people who created the Eiffel Tower, the Sears Building, etc would have understood this, I think - and perhaps even those who engineered the first tanks, the first rifles, the first bombs. We are fascinated by the strange beauty of our machines, the things we create in order to destroy.

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