Amazing

By Mike Jones



This waterpark’s customers have all dried up – as has the water.

After a tragic fatal accident four years ago the park was closed down and has since stood abandoned.

But the slides and pools still appear in a good state of repair, lending the park an eerie atmosphere as if all the customers suddenly vanished.

Greek photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki, who is based in Brussels, described walking around the abandoned park as ‘creepy’ as it looked like it had just closed its gates.

The only signs that anything was wrong were the lack of water and the overgrown bushes.

Ioanna, 28, said: “This waterpark, named COPA COPANA, was shut down in 2014 due to an accident.

“A 13-year-old boy was killed while his nine-year-old sister was seriously injured.

“The two children were playing inside a big inflatable ball that was floating on a big pool when a strong wind lifted I from the water and smashed it into a metal barrier 100ft away.

“The place has been shut down and neglected since then.

“But even though It has been abandoned for the past four years it feels as though it only closed down a few weeks ago. It’s a really creepy feeling.

“I am interested in exploring the fine line between isolation and the connection humans have with places.

“I make the effort not only to convey the obvious but also the stories behind my subjects.”