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the re-appropriating nature of nature…

The town of Biella in northern Italy used to be one of the centres of wealth and industry for the country, due to a huge industrial boom (mainly textile) in the early 20th century, and a second financial boom in the 1980’s. Economically it has been down hill ever since and now the landscape is peppered with abandoned factories from a bygone era, this one, by the Cervo river is currently being reclaimed by the nature that surrounds it. An almost ecclesiastical architecture complete with gothic vaulted windows it is a breathtakingly beautiful space. It is now surrounded by vines and creeping plants that are slowly entering the building through every available crack and crevice…

invading plants like green stained-glass…

self portrait – upper level

nature reclaiming…

workers changing room

lower level

mexa cas…

In the middle of nowhere…again…definition of the galician countryside. Am struck by the beauty of these large structural weeds.

The local gallego name for them is “mexa cas” (literally – dog piss, they don’t smell, it’s just that dogs like to pee on them!)…nice…I think maybe it’s some kind of hogweed/cow parsnip (maybe Heracleum sosnowskyi) ANYWAY regardless of the ugly name i find them beautiful, like fractals or snowflakes, no two plants seem to be the same…

horreo – indigenous structure, originally used as grain stores (see previous post)