If you know me at all and follow my gallery, you know my love for the Abandoned subject.
Doesn't matter what it is, could be abandoned planes, cars, truck, homes, hospitals, orphanages, churches, power plants and mills, ships/boats....and now we can add Olympic Parks to that list.
Did you know that cities and countries spend Billions of dollars to host the Olympic Games, but most cities have no use for the building sites once the Olympics are over. They are often left totally abandoned to collect nothing but rust.
If you look it up online, you'll see most cities who have hosted are in that situation. Although not Vancouver who hosted the 2010 Olympics :)
Every single piece of infrastructure Vancouver built is still in use for the public. The Ice Oval built specifically for indoor Short Track and Long Track Speed Skating is now a popular gym and Community Center.
The Olympic Village was built to house all the Athletes and is now the home to hundreds if not thousands of Condo/Apartment owners downtown on the waterfront.
As a Canadian i'm proud of that achievement, its sad that many other Olympic Parks can't sustain the same.
The photo here shows part of the Abandoned Olympic Park in Athens Greece. So sad because its so beautiful, so elegant. I'm sure this long white form would light up and looked so attractive at night, even during the day it looks fantastic. We went walking around, hoping to get INSIDE the buildings, but they were totally locked up and there were guards onsite. I had debated if I should jump the fences and find a way inside but declined.
On a positive note, they were using the Olympic Pools, so perhaps there's a future there.
Hope you like this abstract form on the Olympic Site.
thanks for looking
I've added a WS photo of one abandoned building.
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Lefteris13 (300) 2014-07-14 9:22
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claudeD (31741) 2014-07-14 9:23
wonderful contribution to TE. Excellent picture very well composed with fine colors and sharpness. Excellent informative note. Like your fotojob here very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (55252) 2014-07-14 9:52
Thanks Craig, and may I add every photo tells something about our world, this one included. That's true TE mission. Cheers for that, supporting words.
I remember the debate from the Greece olympic's, and the outcome later years - when the country barely emerges from bankruptcy.
Fine angle over the big structure, impressive iron painted white and superbly collected the crescent shape's.
holmertz (39489) 2014-07-14 10:02
It's a fine photo that shows the elegance of the curving structure very nicely. I just don't understand exactly what this is, apart from it being a long structure that must have made the architect proud. But what's the function?
Never mind, most Olympics and World Cups seem like a terrible waste of money, as long as there are always lots of more important things like schools, hospitals etc - and decent salaries for their staffs - that have to stand back when selfish politicians want to improve their image.
PaulVDV (21635) 2014-07-14 10:28
Excellent presentation of this wonderful architecture. Very beautiful with the long slow curve.
Very interesting and critical note. A criticism that I've heard many times before. Also regarding to world expositions and world cups football.
But what exactly makes Vancouver different from all the other situations?
Best regards, Paul
emka (76355) 2014-07-14 11:18
Hi Craig, One sees at once that it is Calatrava work. Very similar to the center in Valencia. I can't imagine what could be use of this. But I find it very beautiful. Very strange that it is not used. The similar situation is with the National Stadium in Warsaw. It was built for Euro 2012 and now it is very rarely used. Many say that it was waste of money. Is the situation so bad everywhere except Vancouver? I have no idea about it.
But wonderful photo at least :)
Warm regrads MAlgo
rbassin (17277) 2014-07-14 11:41
Une magnifique photo d'architecture ( arch Calatrava qui a réalisé la cité des science à Valence E.)
J'aime bien le point de vue, et l'impact graphique de cette structure.
Malheureusement ce n'est plus utilisé, c'est tout le problème de ces grandes réalisations pour le JO.
Noel_Byrne (22751) 2014-07-14 12:14
This is abandoned? Holy moly, what a palace. And what a folly too, the billions spent and today it just sits here waiting for the odd intrepid photographer like you to come back and breathe life back into it. Isn't it amazing ow short thie glory of a spectacle Ike the the olympics can be. Sad to think in ten years time, this will probably be rotten and failing, but of course it will still make a fascinating subject.
Like you, I share a love of all things abandoned, and this really reminds me of the tv series life after people -if all humans disappeared, what would happen to the world we leave behind. If you haven't seen it, I heartily recommend you find it, one of the best shows ever made.
A sad testament to how quickly glory passes, but a beautiful and fascinating subject. Thanks for sharing knowledge of such a place.
jjcordier (75132) 2014-07-14 13:09
Excellente photo d'architecture. C'est incroyable de constater que ces installations ne servent déjà plus.
carlo62 (30513) 2014-07-14 14:57
la foto è bella e la struttura è ben fotografata, creando profondità e interesse visivo.
Molto meno sembra l'interesse da parte di chi lo ha costruito...
lousat (74955) 2014-07-14 16:15
Hi Criag,I'm too fascinate a lot of these things left to die ..... a real shame though to see how much money poorly spent, especially to crisis-hit countries such as Greece. I saw the Olympic Village in Barcelona over there and luckily it did not happen the same, I hope it does not happen in Milan,in full work in progress for the Expo. Then I wanted to alert you as you risked visiting the gallery in Naples, this week a boy died because of falling debris from the ceiling, and today another accident with serious injuries.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (33003) 2014-07-14 23:53
I was waiting for this post in your gallery and I am not disappointed -- this is a spectacular presentation of this amazing white construction! Lovely blue sky is helping to show its beautify and unique design. Excellent capture as always.
I fully agree with your note. During our visit in January we saw few people there but still the sense of the place was almost the same like you described in your note. TFS!
ktanska (24566) 2014-07-15 1:43
So even architecture of Calatrava can be abandoned if it is built on some overpriced, overambitious project with no plans of future use.
And to look this on a wider view it is a symbol of Greece in early 2000's, like flight of Icarus flying too close to the sun, not caring about sensible economy, and then collapsing under debt.
Good angle showing strong perspective.
danos (85143) 2014-07-15 2:56
nice the view of this metal constraction that was the landmark of the Olympic games on 2004 that cost a lot of money.The last week i was there in a resital with native singers and about 50.000 thousand people enjoyed them in the stadium near Calatrava's arch construction.
I like the creative perspective with a panoramic view from above,the near by Mall,is spectacular when the lights are on.
snunney (81777) 2014-07-15 4:24
A thought provoking note to accompany this fine composition. I am not a sports fan and think it is all a waste of money, but that's just me:-) To return to your composition; the point of view is superb with the graphical lines of the structure sweeping round the frame. The image is well illuminated courtesy of that lovely Grecian sky and has superb colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (47420) 2014-07-15 4:38
my post today is from London's Olympic Park where the legacy of the games has been true to its promise. With a wonderful park, huge shopping mall and wildlife habitats as well as a college, student accommodation and housing. The stadium is being taken over by a London Football Club and is also going to still be used as an athletics stadium. It is such a shame that this beautiful structure is not being put to good use, because it is so distinctive and attractive. Captured superbly too!
Regards - B.
jhm (137610) 2014-07-15 5:07
I find your work shop picture a wonderful addition to your first picture
Colours and sharpness are excellent made.
Nice architecture picture with nice clarity taken.
A nice composition and lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Giustiniani (3290) 2014-07-15 5:11
une superbe composition avec un ciel magnifique. Une très belle photo.
Graal (96432) 2014-07-15 6:17
amazing modern construction here. Good presentation from Athens. Interesting WS also. Fine comment about this place.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (28379) 2014-07-15 8:46
I have to admit, when I was in Barcelona I was captivated by the Olympic site. It provided endless photographic opportunities. There, the swimming pool and the athletics track did seem to be used at times.
This is an amazing structure, like the skeleton of some huge extinct dinosaur, or, maybe, an extinct giant centipede! You have created a great lead line and a fine sense of perspective, as the skeleton disappears into the distance.
Have a great day,
mesutilgim (82266) 2014-07-15 12:46
Hello dear Craig,
Another topclass architectorial capture in your gallery with perfect pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
photoray (11413) 2014-07-15 15:05
Artistic flow of arrow like symbols, curving into the distance. Certainly a attractive abandoned classic.
Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in the 1930s and built the 103,000 seat Coliseum for the event. It has been a very successful creation especially for football and track & field. Currently the USC Trojans play here, the pro Rams for many years, and even the Dodgers baseball team until the baseball stadium was built.
It would seem logical for cities to plan uses after the Olympics.
Thanks for sharing,
photographer_sg (3533) 2014-07-16 9:03
Well framed with the geometrical pattern offering an eye catching view in curving perspective. The partially clouded background sky adds a pleasing contrast. Nicely composed and presented. I liked the workshop too.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
delpeoples (52897) 2014-07-17 6:15
Well our Olympic site is in full use and the architecture makes me think that it's a place I'd definitely bring you to when you visit here :)
I like the graphism here and the look of abandon. It's a pity that the Greek Government did not see fit to keep the site alive, but then again, money has been pretty tight over there. Nice shot, I like the blues and whites a lot.
SnapRJW (30685) 2014-07-23 10:12
A memorable piece of architecture Craig and a sad reflection on the cost and financial savvy of hosting the Olympic Games. I doubt that the prestige which comes from being chosen as an Olympic venue comforts the Greek citizens who have suffered so in the recession.
Well composed and a colour combination which gives the shot a light and airy look, a fine photograph and a sad note.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (54876)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-14 8:53