Afterdays Media focuses on archaeological views of our contemporary culture. Artifacts, art, or cultural phenomena that picture us in the past tense.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Abandoned Globe, St. Louis

The Globe building is situated only yards away from the elevated I-64 downtown.

In the spring of 2009, we spent several days documenting and making collections from the nearly abandoned Globe Drug Warehouse – a six-story building constructed for the Endicott-Johnson shoe company in 1915. The images and artifacts were processed, manipulated, and reassembled into an exhibit at the Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis) in February of 2010.

The massive warehouse was a virtual preserve of patina and layering of past activity. Some corners were surprisingly intimate, and seemed like little time capsules from the 1960s and 70s.

Below are a few images from the warehouse, as well as link to a video-collage of the space. I will post more images, as well as some of the artwork from the show, in upcoming posts.

An office space largely untouched since the 1970s. 

Shoe company employee graffiti. 

Click on the second effort to watch the video....

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