Awe inspiring  works of art

I was walking up 5th Avenue last week and something in the Chase bank building lobby caught my eye. Behind the huge (very reflective) window was the stunning bank vault door, in all it's heavy steel magnificence. I was in a bit of a hurry so I quickly took a photo with my phone. The quality is less than fine, but you get the idea. I love large decorative objects, as I have mentioned before, and this one is LARGE. You get the feeling that it weighs more than a jumbo jet! I am struck by its sleek design and by its simply being there a few feet from the window. Noone else was paying much attention to it that day, but this being lunchtime, most of the passers by have seen this extraordinary sight a million times. Or don't have time to care.
I just read this on harderworld.com: 
"Today was the last business day at the glass bank. (5th Ave. Chase branch) I don’t know what will happen next: perhaps some other bank will set up there, but I rather doubt it." 
Very sad.
I'd love to see how they manage to move it.

No one will rob anything from this vault...

Sadly this bank vault is in an advance state of decay in Detroit's downtown, hard hit by the decline of the auto industry.
From the book by Yves Marchand Romain Meffre "The Ruins of Detroit"  published by Steidl.

au revoir.


  1. I found this so fasinating. Great subject. Talking of banks, that's a scary subject as of late. Heard some scary stories.


  2. Aren't the doors amazing? My dentist office is in an old bank and they use the vault for their files...it's fire proof. It is so cool!

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