We’ve been exploring the ruined buildings of Gary for many years now. I think our first explorations, which were documented almost totally on film, date back to 2008 or so. One becomes deeply familiar with the buildings themselves, which start feel like old comfortable friends who might turn on you at any second just for giggles. So they are psychopathic friends, if you will.
Yet the more transient factors are the objects within the buildings. The chairs, the pianos, desks and curtains. Some times they turn up randomly as people scavenge them from abandoned houses and move them in as props for photo shoots, movies, and other more obscure and possibly sinister purposes. Even then those objects, when they last more than a year or so, become friends of a sort who move about and play hide-n-seek with you every time you visit.
This lounger is a great example of this. It was in the City United Church back in 2008, down on the ground floor and it was one of the first things you’d see upon entry. It also was a little more intact. The following year I walked in and it was gone; I was unsurprised until I got to the second floor and found it in one of the back rooms as you see here.
In 2010 it vanished. I went in looking for it, but it was no where on the property. We did our usual rounds of the city and went on our way. 2011 and 2012 came and went with many new to us buildings explored, yet we would stop in every year to the main attractions just to see how the buildings were faring. In all this time we never saw the lounger again and I assumed it had finally found the way to freedom.
Then this year we went back to the post office which we hadn’t visited for a year and a half. As I was checking the rooms you’d think the first I would have noticed walking in here would be the giant message on the wall. It wasn’t.
It is dirtier, more beat up and and rickety, but it is indeed the same lounger. Where it has been hiding for the past 3 years, I don’t know. It is just kind of nice to see it is still kicking around Gary and hanging in there.