Destruction Arts

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These vibrant photographs explore “the endless and beautiful dance between creation and destruction, which gives rise to everything around us.”

Inspired by the ruined beauty of abandoned train stations and factories in Germany, artist-scientist Luke Brezovek began taking photos across Europe for what would become the series Ozymandias. As he traveled through Belgium, Italy, and Poland, capturing images of decaying castles and palaces, he was struck by the stories they told of the passage of time.

Creation and destruction are a false dichotomy, he discovered through the work. “They are a cycle, two halves of the same whole,” he says. “Each contains the seed for the other.” He explores that concept visually through his photo series, which he is now publishing in a photobook for all to meditate upon. See more photos from the project here.

‘sometimes i think it’s better for us to forget how young he is. because it is so unfair. what has he done— what eternities has he suffered—to deserve all that glorious and terrible power?’ 

Well, it was a long day. I had to cheer myself up so I grabbed my (dying) graphic tablet.

The quote is from Robin Williams’ stand up from 2009 (Weapons of Self Destruction). Best pickup line EVER! Robin, thanks for putting a smile on my face. The world misses you so badly!