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Green Lung I

Stefan Arand

unused space

Francisco Hernando created the 5,100 apartments of the humungous building project, which was originally planned to have 13,500 apartments, on the El Quiñón site in Sesena. When the real estate bubble burst in 2007, his partly realized utopia came to a grinding halt.

Recycling 1

The gigantic recycling depot for used tires near Madrid is overflowing. Fences that once enclosed the area are now buried below millions of tires. What was meant originally to be recycled has found its final resting place. A raw material that used to have incredible value owing to the invention of the air-filled rubber tire by John Boyd Dunlop in 1888 is now falling into oblivion and is submerging this Spanish landscape. At the foot of the mountain of rubber lies the ghost town of Sesena. Francisco Hernando created the 5,100 apartments of the humungous building project, which was originally planned to have 13,500 apartments, on the El Quiñón site in Sesena. When the real estate bubble burst in 2007, his partly realized utopia came to a grinding halt. Here, capital and raw material meet and merge into a new, modern landscape.

Green Lung II

Stefan Arand

Lonely

Stefan Arand

Cathedral

Stefan Arand

Sesena

Stefan Arand

Canfranc Estacion 1

Stefan Arand

Exhibition in Zingst

Stefan Arand in front of "Sunken Altar"

Cave Michelangelo I

Die entsetzlichen Wunden in den Bergen von Carrara erkennt man schon von der Autobahn aus. Die etwa 60.000 Einwohner zählende Stadt gehört zur italienischen Provinz Massa- Carrara und bereits 200 Jahre vor Christi Geburt wurde dort an den Bergflanken Marmor abgebaut. Für Stefan Arand war die Zerrissenheit des Ortes zwischen den Wunden, die der Bergbau schlägt und der Ästhetik, die das Material in sich birgt, Anlass sich im Rahmen seines künstlerischen Projektes »Resources & Recycling « dem Marmorabbau zu widmen. Arand: »In der Aufnahme wird die Schönheit des Elementes Marmor durch die industrielle Verwundung und Ausbeutung des Ortes auf wenigen Kilometern deutlich....... Zitat: FineArtPrinter

Sesena 2017 VIII

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 VII

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 VI

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 V

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 IV

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 III

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.

Sesena 2017 I

A symbol of the Spanish real estate bubble.The Spanish town of Sesena is located between Madrid and Toledo and is part of the autonomous region Castilla-La Mancha. It was Francisco Hernando who created 5.100 flats in the enormous building project which was originally planned to include about 13.500 flats in the location of El Quiñón in Sesena. Today 90% of the flats are abandoned. The blow of the real estate bubble in the year 2007 put a sudden end to the utopia that Hernando had – to a certain extent – made come true. Man is able to put into practice even most challenging visions in architecture. It is often then that these complex constructions are preceded by dreams or wishes. The unbroken confidence in an everlasting growth as much as the belief in a predictable future have been bitterly disappointed in Sesena. The noisy sound of a new creation was followed by ghostly silence. This still young but forgotten place bled itself to death shortly after being born. There is no sound to be heard in the city.


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