Session 0A | Oct 24, 2015
The first thing that came to my mind reading the descriptive of this topic was Dismland, tho during the brainstorming process that comes before actually writing that idea was casted aside since the initial purpose of this amusement park was to be disturbing, it didn’t acquire that status with time. If you hadn’t heard about it before I highly recommend you to click here.
Since I had the amusement park theme in my mind I then taught about Spree amusement park (Berlin) which I visited with my friends earlier this year. The site actually gives you chills and I highly recommend the experience if you want to see a unique site ( although be prepare to jump a fence and do not get caught in). In my research of images throughout the web (because obviously and following the Murphy law none of your friends will answer whatsapp when you really need pics from them) I found this image:
It’s Wonderland (well at least what remains from the project) in Beijing, China. I found wonderful the shock between the structure, that obviously reminds us of the Disneyland castle, and the emptiness of the site, just a corn field. The contrast between what it would have represented (an hermetic “world” for kids and adults) and what it actually ended up being is from my point of view something quite comical. The actual image for me is extremely beautiful, I love that ironical side of it, plus I find the structure, the way it was left, with still metallic elements on it is just gorgeous. It will remain forever a sort of under construction site, where we can see throughout the building, its inside and real structure. I believe that that is what compones its beauty. After all, doesn’t true beauty come come from within?