Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seaside dereliction....High Point no more

High Point (no more)

On the days when I only get to the bottom of the street to hang over the railings to take a picture this is what's behind me.....one of many boarded up  pubs on the seafront between downtown Whitley Bay and Cullercoats. OK, so when it was open for business the decor left a lot to be desired (a lot of tartan upholstered seating and resolutely stuck in the 70's, along with the piped music), but the food was decent (though the, er, head waiter's suit could have done with a more regular clean) BUT, much more importantly, the beer and company was good....but all gone now for maybe 5 years. It'll probably end up being ripped down and rebuilt as executive flats, sorry apartments, with secure underground parking ('superb sea-views, within minutes of all local transport and amenities') when the property market eventually takes an upturn....question, am I a grumpy old git to see that as a backward step, a community asset being turned into expensive personal spaces? (Don't worry, no answer required.......I really shouldn't have opened that bottle of wine...........)

OTHER SEMI-RELATED (DERELICT) STUFF

99Rooms........an interactive journey
"99Rooms is an unique internet art project that interweaves wall painting, photography, animation and sound in a manner entirely unknown until now. Shortly after its launch in June 2004, more than 4 million individuals throughout the world have already visited this interdisciplinary composite work of art. 99rooms stemmed from the mystical, often apocalyptically charming pictures created by Berlin artist Kim K√∂ster within the countless vacated premises of East Berlin‘s industrial sector. Photos of these paintings were initially produced in digital form and then animated through a cooperative effort between Richard Schumann & Stephan Schulz and then subsequently complemented through a personal sounddesign from Johannes Buenemann. The final product of this year long effort is a scintillating intermediary world which invites the observer into an journey through its morbidly-beautiful rooms"


AND The Hospital.....creepy medical dereliction with a floorplan......

3 comments:

sleepyduck said...

The High Point looks so sad... and sadly there are a few more like that up and down the country...

EzHighway said...

Interesting write-up and pictures, I enjoyed reading about the other side of the rail. Thank you!

impoftheyard said...

I don't think you're a grumpy old git at all. I'm with you on the loss of amenities and these being turned into expensive private spaces. In the East End of Glasgow they have some new expensive housing developments that no one from round here could afford and then they put high fences and barbed wire to keep the locals out. It's really not far from some of the worst poverty in Western Europe.

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