Recapturing Ruin

I’m coming to see the Methodist church in Gary, Indiana in a way not unlike a child might view its grandparent. Likely, your grandfather or -mother were already old when you first became aware of them. By the time you were in your teens or twenties, they were getting really old. And then you may have realized that they wouldn’t be around much longer. So it is with this church. We’ve been watching the decay progress for about six years now, but change is hard to see when it’s incremental. When a section of the roof fell in a few weeks ago, the change was stark.

The collapse does serve a purpose, vis-a-vis urbex: it is a memento mori of sorts, and a spur to to explore as much as one can, because it’s all coming down one way or another. And ours is not to question or get attached to ruins, but to document and create from them.

ChurchSky.wp

Nave and Sky II

 

For some scenes from this church in recent years prior to the roof cave in, click here.

4 responses

  1. Keep up the good work!

    October 26, 2014 at 3:20 am

  2. Keep up the good work!

    October 26, 2014 at 3:20 am

  3. Beautiful, and sad. The pictures you guys have taken will make for a nice chronological biography of decay before it ultimately succumbs to man, nature, or gravity.

    November 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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