Urban Decay


... but is it something more?


Architecture results in objects being produced for a particular function, yet they are transient in the scale of humanity and civilisation. I am intrigued by the way in which these structures may with time be influenced by colonisation and humanisation. The natural environment is able to reclaim back her materials, yet so too, humankind is able to make its mark and claim back and show a transient presence before ultimately disappearing. This lets us question the transient nature of structure with it becoming owned by both the people and nature.


In documenting this process of destruction there are sensory pleasures and experiences, the sounds, smells and visual stimulations that help to create and fix the memory.


According to the Gaia hypothesis; that proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic structures on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex systems that contribute to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet, are we witnessing and documenting the end of human kind as we destroy our spaceship “Earth” as it journeys in the milky way?


In some way seeking out urban decay and how these structures are reclaimed by humankind or the environment is not necessarily just about the aesthetics of visual decay, but it becomes a metaphor for solitude and isolation.

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