Abandoned Berlin: Olympic effort for an abandoned village Almost too knackered by the time I got there to do any exploration at all. Cycled over 40km from Friedrichshain to Elstal, wind against me all the way, efforts compounded by several unforeseen diversions due to the slightly optimistic tactic of simply pointing the bike west. "Who needs maps anyway?" I won't be doing that again. And then I still faced the prospect of cycling back! There used to be a time when the Olympics was interesting, and Berlin's in 1936 was the most interesting of all. Anyway, such thoughts were far from my head as I contemplated the empty buildings lurking ominously between the trees behind the fence. No dogs came near me, and so I proceeded to the Plattenbau buildings, huge empty shells of soulless flats erected by the Russians long after the last athletes had left, after the war, when they were used to house Soviet military personnel from the nearby barracks.Now the flats are left to the wallpaper which still plasters their walls. Thump, thump, thump!
Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site Autumn At OZ Festival - Emerald Mountain, Historic Land Wizard of OZ in Beech Mountain, NC - Take a stroll down the yellow brick road! Olympic Village The creation of a separate housing area for the great number of athletes attending the Olympic Games was first attempted in Los Angeles in 1932. Four years later, at the XIth Olympiad in Berlin, the concept was further developed with the construction of this tiny ‘village’ in the Brandenburg countryside, just 14 kilometers from the Olympic Stadium. Newspapers in the U.S. ran kitschy photographs in their Olympic reports featuring American athletes gathered in front of their cabins and singing folk songs after long days spent breaking world records. During WWII the cabins and cottages were converted to an infantry training facility for the German troops, and after the war’s end the Soviet and East German military occupied the site until 1992. For many years the village was a favorite destination for day-tripping history buffs and enthusiasts of abandoned structures, and in 2004 the Olympic Village was listed as an historically protected site and officially opened to the public.
On Truth & Reality: Philosophy Physics Metaphysics of Space, Wave Structure of Matter. Famous Science Art Quotes. 24 Clever Print Ads In print advertising world, agencies are bound to reflect their message solely with an image and they generally count on intelligence to accomplish this. Smart ideas on great visuals attract audience’s attention easily and they become a kind of art in the end. Here are some of the latest creations, each of which are virtual proof of what we’ve stated so far. Gwenn et la vie à Berlin / Dans un village olympique… fantôme Un peu à l’écart de Berlin se situe l’ancien village olympique des jeux de Berlin en 1936. Ses jeux furent célèbre car il furent organisés par les nazis qui se servirent de cet événement pour faire de la propagande de leur idéologie xénophobe et antisémite. Pieds de nez, cette lors de ses jeux que l’athlète noir américain Jesse Owens remporta 4 médailles d’or devant les athlètes allemands soit disant supérieur… C’est donc dans un endroit fort en histoire (comme il est existe de nombreux à Berlin) que nous avons erré dans cet endroit fantomatique. De tous ses bâtiments seul le gymnase d’entrainement est préservé et sert de lieux d’exposition d’affiches des JO. Week end, beau temps, soleil c’est naturellement que je continue ma petite exploration de l’Allemagne. Quelques mois après mon premier passage dans ce merveilleux endroit qu’est l’ancien hôpital militaire de Beelitz, me revoilà en compagnie d’amis de retour à Beelitz.
1066 Futility Closet Exploration urbaine: Le Village Olympique de Berlin des JO d'Été de 1936 Berlin remporte en 1931 le droit d'offrir aux athlètes du monde entier un terrain de jeux olympique pour les J.O de 1936. La ville se lance dans la construction de structures pharaoniques. Elles permettent aux 4000 sportifs sélectionnés de concourir mais aussi de se reposer dans les meilleures conditions. 5 ans pour voir les choses en grand. Entre temps, le pays a vendu son âme au national socialisme. Des hauts fonctionnaires allemands montrent l'étendue du village olympique utilisant une maquette. Le Réfectoire Olympique Hébergés sur le site de Wustermark, à l'ouest de Berlin, les compétiteurs sont choyés. Cette ville champignon abrite un hôpital spécialisé, des magasins, une salle de cinéma, un théâtre, une bibliothèque et de nombreux endroits où se restaurer. Les jeux comptant 129 épreuves, la demande est grande. La construction puis le fonctionnement de cet ensemble architectural, en forme de fer à cheval sont placés sous la responsabilité de Wolfgang Fürstner.
Edge : Conversations on the edge of human knowledge The Book Surgeon (15 pieces) Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms. "My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception," he says. "The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. Update: Read our exclusive interview with the Book Surgeon here. Brian Dettmer's website
Abandoned Berlin: Haunted by history, the ghosts of Beelitz-Heilstätten Everybody and their dog knows about Beelitz-Heilstätten, which is why I haven’t written about it before. Not everyone has a dog though. Some have other pets, less inquisitive or knowledgeable than dogs. So this is for the goldfish. Beelitz is where Hitler and Honecker were treated for injuries/ailments sustained in World War I and East Germany’s last days, respectively. A swarm of flies rose to greet me on my maiden visit, buzzing about me furiously as if to guard the secrets of the past. The flies went berserk, in my face, my eyes, my mouth. I had to withdraw from the infuriated cloud and then it struck me: These were no ordinary flies. I regrouped, gathered myself, and plunged through the swarm, swatting wildly even as the fuckers followed me. I hurried on, there’s a lot to see. It’s not quite forgotten – some of the buildings have been painstakingly restored – but the rest of the site, once home to more than 60 buildings, is in various stages of decay or preservation. 5/10.