Sunday, 19 March 2017

Souls from Alameda

Torres de la Alameda is a little town in Madrid (Spain). Its history has been contemplated by Romans, Visigoths, Arabs ... In the Middle Ages it was a little village dependent of Alcalá de Henares. In 1555 it acquired some privileges and it was added to Madrid Community in 1833.

Today we can view some industrial activity. We also can notice some rests of industrial activity from the past. Several factories in the zone are abandoned and they are now in ruins. It is the case of the old ceramic factory.

Torres de la Alameda is a serene place with a beautiful church (16th century).

Following the M-220 road we find a old ceramic factory close to the town. In 50's, the build industry was strongly increasing in Spain. Some municipals of this zone began to built several ceramic factories(1), forming the called "brick triangle" (a triangular area between Alcalá de Henares, Torrejón de Ardoz and Loeches). The density of ceramic factories in the triangle was very high. Later, the build industry had a crisis and much of these factories had to close(2). Now, we can view their ghostly skeletons.

I show below some pictures of my last session in one of these ghostly building.

Graffiti, urban poesy, industrial waste, shotgun shells, airsoft ammunition and much more in this large ghost from the past.

"Something demolished, something to rebuild.
Untie knots for a new beginning.
Leave the old version of yourself
to find a new way
in the demolished asphalt."

~ Free translation of a painting in a wall of this factory ~

(1) Source (in Spanish):
(2) Source (in Spanish):

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