Friday, July 14, 2006

Urban Suburban


There is an area on the far west of Athens called Ασπρόπυργος which translates to White Tower, though there is nothing white in sight but smoke coming from all the factories. Aspropyrgos overlooks the bay of Eleysina and Salamina island, in what must have been a stunning landscape in ancient times. Now its an industrial wasteland but somehow it retains an elusive beauty. If you drive away from the factories you find a sparsely inhabited landscape of car cemeteries, weird ad-hoc shacks, stray dogs and ominous looking trees, all in an industrial haze that photographs really well. I was there to oversee the fabrication of my little Philosophy Hut for the Grand Promenade exhibition which opens this Monday in Athens. More on this soon...

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