By Josh Saunders
An abandoned steelworks that looks like a ‘post-apocalyptic wasteland’ similar to WESTWORLD has been transformed into an artists’ haven.
Far from its days of producing over 250 tonnes of steel per day, this steelworks in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, has lay dormant for 40 years, a sad ode to its wonder-years long forgotten.
Over the 2,000 acres of land a mixture of derelict decomposition, rusting machinery, overturned offices and broken-down equipment.
The impressively derelict site captivates the eye due to it’s unusual state even hosting exposed brickwork from a boiler explosion never fixed.
The site was operational until the shutdown of 1971, when its furnaces were permanently turned off due to increasing labour costs, imports and other factors.
It was then left to rust, until 1993 when the owner began inviting artists from all over the world into the workspace to start producing pieces for the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The bizarrely inspiring location, which is nearly 140-years-old, now serves as a muse to contemporary masterpieces and outside, hosts workers mining the outside land for dolomite and limestone.
Abandoned Southeast said: “The place resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland, there’s so much stuff scattered around.
“Large construction equipment, cranes, trucks, even boats are stashed throughout the old steel mill.
“I think, whenever a piece of equipment broke, the owner would just park it in the mill and leave it, as there are all sorts of stuff.
“It’s interesting to me seeing what was left behind.
“A lot of the buildings still have pieces of machinery inside them, it’s amazing to see how much is still intact almost 100 years later.
“There’s one part of the steel mill where a boiler blew up and half the building exploded, bricks and rubble are still scattered around.
“You can see the lower floors are now underwater, it’s definitely an interesting site.
“There’s a lot of activity here day to day, from either the active quarry that surrounds the steel works or from the artists themselves.
“They call the steel mill a ‘temporary home’ as they create their masterpieces inside the unused buildings.”
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