Detroit is a sci-fi city, always at odds with itself.
Troubled Assets is a photo series that documents the abundance of repurposed bank buildings in Detroit, Michigan. The dominance of these buildings, and the bold architecture they employed, was a testament to Detroit’s wealth. Today, many of these historic structures still stand — no longer as banks, but rather as churches, hair salons, nightclubs, pawn shops, and day cares; others are abandoned, for sale, for lease, or status unknown.
The concept is simple enough. You enter the home of a fictional serial killer only to find yourself transported into the killer’s own twisted nightmare: a bizarre fantasy circus world from an unplaceable era and dimension. This translates roughly into the most outrageous and brilliantly-executed Halloween party in the United States, possibly the world. And it could only happen in Detroit, where artists have acquired a block of abandoned and vacated homes and transformed them into this nightmare world.
A look at some exceptional graffiti art in Detroit’s abandoned buildings: the giant grasshoppers.
A look at U.S. Supply, Inc., an automobile scrapyard in Detroit, Michigan.
A trip up Detroit’s Rouge River, the most heavily-industrialized waterway in the world.