"Carpetbaggers"- Buried deep in the woods behind the house of @christyflutterby
, friends I'm
visiting here in Amsterdam, is wonderland for the urban explorer and a haven for photogs that love urban decay. Guilty as charged. Down a deep gully, along the Chuctanunda Creek Trail, rests the abandoned power plant of the old Mohawk Carpet Factory. Originally the McCleary, Wallin and Crouse rug and carpet factory, this three story structure sits shrouded under a canopy of oaks, birch, cottonwoods and maples. A crumbling, abandoned rail bridge terminates at its east side.
As you can imagine, the building draws a number of people hellbent on defiling the walls. I'm
both fascinated with taggers and graffiti artists and loathing of them as well. A part of me wants unspoiled decay, wishing the opportunists would just stay away. Still... A few have talent. And so I admire the work of one whose style vaguely reminds me of Italian artist Francesco Clemente. Clemente's
work was famously featured in the 1998 remake of Great Expectations staring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. I adore his work and immediately fall in love with the work of "PEST" in this factory.
As I enter the brittling brick structure, I immediate feel its dark, moldering dankness. It's
a building that deserves to be haunted, yet I feel nothing of the sort. I typically feel such vibes clearly in places like this. But the space feels unusually clear. Perhaps I'm
of no consequence to ghosts. Or, more likely, it's
more fearful of falling through a floor board or being the ONE whose weight sees the corroded walkway metalwork finally fail. Lacking memory of my last tetanus shot, I'm
extra cautious in my climbing efforts to to avoid being impaled by rusty bars and protrusions.
[Check out my story feed for color images of the factory.]
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