Have you ever wondered why rust frighten us, while ruin is considered a reassuring character? Is it somehow easier to turn our back on years of tradition and build a new sketch for the future?
Francesco Russo questions this theory through “Ruin or Rust” — a representation of the urban landscape of London, where gas holders are now a forgotten memory.
The ruin restores man to nature. Rust, on the other hand, confines him in the middle of his productions as if within a prison, a prison all the more terrible since he is its builder.Professor Antoine Picon – Harvard School of Design
Around the 19th century, gas holders dominated the urban landscape of Great Britain. Large volumes of gas were stored in these holders, until natural gas was discovered.
Now, these rudimentary structures — which once resembled architectural icons, seam meaningless to the new and changing scenery. Without purpose, they slowly became imbedded in the heritage of the country, but what’s their role in the contemporary society?
Through this photographic project, Francesco Russo questions if these sentinels will ever find a new motive in today’s times or if they will be missed. Will they be considered Ruin or Rust?
There are more than twenty gas holders remaining in the Greater London area. With the time they became the backdrop of everyday life scenes as well as stand out elements in the London urban landscape.Francesco Russo
Francesco Russo is a London based photographer who enjoys traveling far and wide. Well-known for his photography in the architectural space, Russo strives to produce simple yet bold and striking images to illustrate the work of architects and designers.