ABANDONED OLYMPIC SITES AROUND THE WORLD


The Storefront for Art & Architecture, a nonprofit organization, has organized a photo exhibition exploring the post-Olympic city. Answering the question, what happens to a city after the Olympics are gone, the show features The Olympic City project, an ongoing collaboration between photographer Jon Pack and indie filmmaker Gary Hustwit of Helvetica design docu fame. As the show’s catalog states, “some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules.” We’re as horrified as we are fascinated by the fact that billions of dollars are spent every two years only to see such a sad- sometimes bizarre – fate. From abandoned Olympic villages to crumbling public art commissions, click through to check out the very best of Olympic ruin porn. Then let us know in the comments what you think about such a temporary extravagance. Should cities re-think the Olympics? Will London’s flashy stadiums look like this one day? ( By Claire Cottrell from www.flavorwire.com ) Just watch the impressive pictures bellow.


 2008 Beach Volleyball Stadium — Beijing, China

2008 Kayaking Venue — Beijing, China

2004 Olympic Sports Complex — Athens, Greece

2004 Helliniko Olympic Softball Stadium — Athens, Greece

1984 Luge and Bobsleigh Track — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

1984 Olympic Ski Jump Venue — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

1984 Winter Olympics Podium — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

1972 Olympic Stadium Train Station — Munich, Germany

1968 “Route of Friendship” Olympic Public Art Project — Mexico City, Mexico

1952 Olympics Swimming Stadium — Lake Ahvenisto, Finland

1936 Olympic Village — Elstal, Germany

1932 Grand Olympic Auditorium — Los Angeles, California