This is part II of my Urbex Painting series in which I want to share with you another painting I made after my visit to Prague´s former railway station. As I mentioned in my previous post, Urbex Painting (I), “URBEX” is an abbreviation for “urban exploration” of derelict structures that have been abandoned for a long time. I managed to finish two paintings of this one-time railway station, today a ruin.
The first painting “Danger zone” (on the right) captures the ruin from the outside.
The second one “They are everywhere” (below) shows what the remains look like indoors. As you may imagine, entering such places is quite risky and dangerous for many reasons. Many of these areas are full of holes, jagged concrete and broken glass—not to mention the wild animals and other vagabonds who aren’t eager to have their space invaded.
Despite all the dangers I had to face up to, I managed to take a few pictures of the space which were incredibly inspiring. The interior was divided into several rooms and sections including toilet and bathroom. The windows were broken, the roof was almost gone, the floor was full of debris and waste. This derelict building was clearly out of use for a long time. However, it is not quite abandoned – the ruin gained new purporse – not only serves it as a shelter for homeless people and animals, but it is also a perfect setting for street artists whose artworks can be surprisingly vibrant and inspirational. My attention caught particularly menacing messages saying “They are everywhere”, “I can see you” or “Devil”.
Below you can see the finished piece as well as some photos I took during painting.
Work in progress I
Work in progress II