*asylum

This is the basement in my favorite building to photograph at Harlem Valley State Hospital. Originally intended to be part of a prison that was never completed, this building was converted for hospital use when a state hospital opened on the grounds. Unfortunately, this building has been cleaned up for it’s upcoming renovation into a ‎theological college.

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Seattle Artist Creates Invisible Street Art That Only Appears When It Rains

Seattle may not be America’s rainiest city, but it’s certainly up there. That wetness, coupled with the dreariness of what seems to be an eternally grey sky, could get a little depressing.

But instead of staying cooped up next time it rains, maybe listening to Death Cab for Cutie because gloomy weather requires channeling high school angst, Seattle locals should consider going for a walk. You might stumble onto a “Rainworks" creation around the city—street art made from a sort of invisible ink that only appears when it’s wet.

Constructed between 1873 and 1876, the Clocktower portion of the Kirkbride building at Worcester State Hospital was among the first pieces completed.  In this structure, there was no doubt where power resided - the clock tower was a looming structure, which gave the time to the asylum campus, and rang in the hours and intervals with a large brass bell, which, after the tower fell out of use, became covered in a lovely verdigris - the patina formed on the copper elements of the brass alloy.  The manufacture year for the bell - 1864 - was clearly visible on relief (as it is in a large print of this photograph).

Sadly, use of the clock and the bell were discontinued in the mid-20th-century when maintenance became too expensive.  Then the Clocktower Building was abandoned completely, many decades ago.  Most of the Kirkbride building burned down in a 1991 fire, but the Clocktower was pretty much untouched.  Then in 1998, everything save this building and the Hooper Turret was knocked down.  Finally, in 2012, the bulldozers and wreckers came and claimed this completely intact, sound, level, and plumb building, an optimal candidate for adaptive reuse and a monument to mental health care in America.  It has now been ensured that this bell will never again ring over Worcester.

Print available here.

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Globepainter

Julien “Seth” Malland aka Seth Globepainter is a Parisian street artist known for his vibrant murals that often depict children gazing into pools full of a rainbow of colors.

Seth has been an important a steady contributor in the Parisian graffiti scene since the 1990s and has written or participated in several books over the last few years. We’ve included recent murals from Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Paris. Seth also just opened a new exhibition of work at Itinerrance Gallery in Paris this weekend through April 25th