Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Posts tagged “graffiti

Garver Feed Mill—Renaissance and Memory


October 6, 2019

Twelve years ago during a walk to find photographs in Madison, Wisconsin, where I was visiting, I passed what looked like an abandoned building. On it was painted the name Garver. I have a friend whose last name is Garver, so of course I took a snapshot to show her. This summer my daughter and daughter-in-law treated me to a return visit to the building—vacant for two decades before renovation began in 2017. They didn’t know I had photographed it in 2007 but thought I would find the Garver Feed Mill interesting. (They are great scouts!) This time I photographed in earnest,  trying hard not to wish I had been witness to many more of the building’s iterations. A plaque outside one of the doors gave information about the building, and putting this post together I learned more. I find it interesting that the Wisconsin State Capitol and the Garver Feed Mill were completed in the same year. And it’s fun to see that remnants of old graffiti add an artistic touch to the cleaned masonry. I like buildings that hold visual evidence of their past; this one also included bricked-in doorways and windows, patched walls, sheared-off I-beams, and what must be gouges from former industrial activity. If you’d like to know more about the Garver Feed Mill, don’t miss the Wisconsin State Journal article that features photographs taken through the years, going back to 1924. Also of interest are an article in the Wisconsin State Farmer and two links on a City of Madison web page: the Garver Final Report and a presentation by the restoration architects.

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2 This is the photograph I took of the same wall this August.

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This is steel (I think) cladding on a newer part of the facade. The next two photographs are from nearby sections of the wall.

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11 I learned from my reading that the white bricks indicate water damage.

12 Were these patches on an interior wall made lately or in older times? My guess is older times.

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20 Even the new women’s room’s concrete floor has artistic appeal.

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Some Doors in Oberlin 3


May 19, 2018


The Dumpsters of Sarasota, December 2017—22


January 27, 2018


Like a Dumpster 3


May 14, 2017


Exploring More Quarry Ruins


April 23, 2017

Immediately south of the quarriy pits sit some old abandoned buildings. Here is a view from the outside and another from the inside of a building, the old part of which dates back to 1906, that was used to work the sandstone. The third photograph is of another building on the site, turkey vulture presiding. The fourth photo is of more of the grounds, over which another turkey vulture watches. Someone much braver than I explored even further and made some perhaps more informed guesses about what went on in the quarries. You can see his or her photographs and narrative here. If you Google “Amherst Quarries,” you can find even more information about the quarries as well as some great photos of them in operation. Probably these are the quarries shown in my posts of April 21 and 22. Across Quarry Road from these ruins is an old fence that appealed to me (fifth photo). Besides looking impenetrable, the fence presented a no-trespassing sign, a sure indication that more photographic treasures of the quarry kind await beyond.

 

 

 

 

 


The Dumpsters of Oberlin, August 2016—4


September 16, 2016

While I see dumpsters as opportunities to discover inadvertent abstract compositions on the dumpster sides, some people see them as blank canvasses for their own creations.

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Riverside Drive Overpass (Asheville) 6


May 13, 2015

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Riverside Drive Overpass (Asheville) 5


May 12, 2015

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Riverside Drive Overpass (Asheville) 4


May 11, 2015

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Riverside Drive Overpass (Asheville) 3


May 10, 2015

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