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.

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