For me art is a process, so I love seeing projects that are made to evolve like Daniele del Nero’s After Effects. He builds paper models of buildings, covers them in flour and water and lets nature take over. The results are beautiful decay. I can only imagine how these are amazing to see in person over the course of days, weeks or months. Watching them slowly deteriorate gives a rare glimpse into the natural processes that take place on man made structures when man can no longer maintain them. It reminds me of images I’ve seen of the remnants of Gary, Indiana or my beloved yet structurally decaying, Detroit.
Here’s del Nero’s explaination of the idea behind After Effects:
my purpose is to talk about the sense of time and destiny of the planet after the human species, through the sense of restlessness which abandoned buildings are able to communicate.
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