Damen Silos II

Yesterday’s post offered some views of the exteriors; today, we go inside. Unfortunately, only the basement and ground floor were accessible, the stairs being nonexistent above a certain point. The basement offered some fantastical sights, with each room crowned with a silo bung.


Silo Bottom and Hallway.


Silo and Chair.

Other areas showed clear signs of recent occupancy. It was clear, too, that these were no ordinary homeless or drug addict squatters. Certainly the extent of housekeeping in the picture below speaks to a more organized presence, with food on shelves and clothes on racks. My guess would be that these were the anarchists/hippies/primitivists of the recent Occupy Movement, which had a presence in nearby downtown. On the metal stove in the foreground is the clearly visible scrawl, “their end is our beginning.”


Anarchist Den?

Finally, in some truly hard to reach catacombs in the subbasement we found this, painted carefully across the dank wall.


Slumdweller Manifesto.

What I still can’t fathom is the motive for this graffito. Only the occupants themselves or rather determined explorers (ahem) would ever see this. Is it a mission statement? A warning? Whatever the case, it would certainly be ironic if these people, so determined to live off the grid, were ultimately forced to move so as to make way for Hollywood filming the latest Transformers vehicle here.

6 responses

  1. Awesome lighting in these silo pictures!

    December 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  2. tabularasa88

    Thanks! The top two shots are HDR, for what it’s worth. Had to even out the light a bit.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

  3. I enjoyed this set & story TR, thanks for sharing.

    Did you get the sense or feeling that people would be returning to the den at any minute, or was it an obvious “nobody has been here in awhile” vibe?

    December 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    • tabularasa88

      My guess is they’ve moved on, though I can’t be sure. If they were indeed Occupiers, they probably scattered once the movement broke up, and they sure as hell weren’t going to be sticking around for a Michael Bey movie to be filmed around them (if the cops would even allow that.)

      December 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm

  4. Was the basement not full of water? Each time I visit, I can never get into the basement because it’s just full!

    December 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    • tabularasa88

      No, the basement and sub-basement were dry, with the exception of a bit of water in some of the corridors. I’m guessing the river may flood it at different times of the year. Maybe water levels were higher when you visited?

      December 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm

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