Saturday, February 28, 2015


Design for "Forgotten Windows" series, 36" x 60" Lori LaBerge, 2015

While recovering from surgery, I thought it might be nice to get out of the house a little. Since I won't be driving for a while, Pete started up the Jeep and out we went on a search for abandoned buildings for my windows project.  

Pete gets credit for all the photos as there is not yet enough strength in my fingers to press the camera buttons.  We had a great time and I hope you enjoy the results of our day out.

A few years back there were multiple fires set in our downtown area.  This building is a result of one of those fires. The charred beams show crackled wood still attached to the metal beams.  The window is missing its glass and leads to the view of tree limbs behind the building.  The variation of texture on the wall around the window has been affected by exposure to the elements.

  Here is a full view of the back wall of the building.  The window to the left was used to create the design pictured at the top of this post.  I love the vines growing on the inside of the window seeming to intermingle with the branches outside. 

Couldn't resist having Pete take this shot of someone's graffiti.  Maybe they should have applied to be on "Street Art Throwdown".  I love the spots on the giraffe contrasting with the rectangles of the cement blocks.

This is a section of an abandoned hotel down the mountain from us.  Unfortunately, vandals have broken into some of the rooms.  The torn blinds and the vertical clapboard above the windows attracted me to this.  It has the eerie feel of a place you may not want to enter.

Cottages attached to the hotel have lost their roofing.  Weather has led to quick deterioration.  The window has a few glass panes left in it.  

Both of these windows would be good for study.  The right is partially opened with moss settling on the roof above it.  In the design process, the moss could be placed on the window itself to add some age and color.  The left window has four sections of glass missing which form a nice off-set square shape within the rectangle shape of the window itself.  The variety of stone shapes on the building make a nice background.

All that is left of this section is the facade, reminding one of a movie set.  

I've passed this old house numerous times and have not had my camera with me.  We made a detour on our ride to go back to get photos.  It is in pretty bad shape with part of the roof on the right peeled back allowing rain and snow to enter the house.

This is one of my favorites, a cropped shot of the side of the house.  It is one of the first shots we've taken of a sagging broken window frame and will lead to a great design.  The red brick against the white wood, which is broken and peeling, makes for a good contrast.

We couldn't get a good shot of these windows without the power lines getting in the way.  I like the old fuse box next to the bottom window, which is partially boarded up.  The various shapes in the upper window, going clockwise from small to large, are intriguing along with the broken center board.

One of the difficulties I'm finding in the design process is dealing with the large black spaces in some windows.  I find myself looking for windows that have something different I can work with.  For example in the photo above, the upper window has a red roof around part of it that could be exaggerated in color while the power lines could be lowered to travel through the bottom of the window, breaking up the large black space.

Work with the challenges you find in the design process, make a list of your options to face those challenges and have a great day.

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