Abandoned buildings made beautiful

We’re going to coin a phrase right here & now – “Art is where you find it.” Alright, so what the heck does that mean? Y’know, it’s like “Life is what you make of it.” If you’ve got some colored tape, or some guitar strings or sumpthin, just find yourself some derelict property and voilà – you’ve got art! Seriously, art can be whatever and wherever you want it to be, gallery or no gallery, frame or *shudder* no frame. Don’t believe us? Check out these truly unique works that WebUrbanist posted of abandoned sites that have been transformed by some very talented artists.Artist Jennifer Marsh, along with professional and amateur artists from 15 countries as well as over 2,500 grade-school students, covered this 50-year-old former Citgo station with more than 3,000 panels of crocheted and quilted fabrics.

The Crono Project is an effort to bring street artists from around the world to decorate abandoned structures. This piece on an enormous building in Lisbon, Portugal was done by BLU and Gemeos.


BUFFdiss is a Berlin-based street artist who sneaks into abandoned spaces and creates geometric designs and human forms using paint and tape. We like how his work activates the debris and decay around it, making the rest of the building appear to be intentionally made art as well.

“Defenestration” means “to throw out of a window” and it’s the name of this project by artist Brian Goggin. He and 100 volunteers staged an escape by chairs, clocks, tables, and other furniture that can be seen flinging itself off the roof and climbing down walls. This is how Goggin describes it – “Located at the corner of Sixth and Howard Streets in San Francisco in an abandoned four-story tenement building, the site is part of a neighborhood that historically has faced economic challenge and has often endured the stigma of skid row status. Reflecting the harsh experience of many members of the community, the furniture is also of the streets, cast-off and unappreciated.”

It’s unknown who constructed these criss-crossing blue guitar strings. Photographer Mary-Jane Lee found it when she climbed up onto these abandoned railroad tracks on a bridge that overlooks Paris. The anonymity lends itself to the work’s mysterious nature and beauty. Is it real, or is it a trick of the light? Is it a threat to a train that will never come? Can it be brushed away like a cobweb?

Go to WebUrbanist if you’d like to see more like these.

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