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A ruined textile workshop on the banks of the Llobregat

Posted by admin on Thursday March 8th 2012. 4 comments

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A macabre pleasure of the Llobregat valley over the past few years has being able to walk into the factories and workshops of this once great manufacturing zone as they close. The non-fixed assets are worthless, industrial space is not exactly at a premium, so why bother with human or canine vigilantes?

Officially on a variant of this Montserrat walk, we found time to have a look at Acuabase SA of Olesa, which provided processing and finishing services to textile manufacturers in Manresa, Igualada, Terrassa, Esparraguera etc until the money ran out in, I think, summer 2009.

The interior is Marie Celeste sacked by the Goths. Athough the youth have clearly looked in, the gypsy rag traders and African metal detectors have yet to arrive, and so a collection was made of sample and pattern books, and several rolls of cloth were acquired for informal export. The chemicals were left to their own devices, and the boiler was simply too heavy. A substantial number of "Made in Italy" finished garments was a reminder of the large-scale and continuing fraud in denominations of origin for a variety of goods, of which olive oil ("Italy" = Spain, Greece, Turkey etc) is the best-known.

The guy who should have been taking the photos is Ferran Giménez, who, working out of a studio in Sants, Barcelona, has captured urban decay in Spain far better than anyone else I know of.
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  1. looby says:

    What a fascinating walk and well done for opening the niche Industrial history tourism market up a bit for the curious.

  2. Mr Baldie says:

    Loobs, I'd pay you money for that kind of comment if was earning any!

  3. [...] in Alella, just up the coast from Barcelona, one of a considerable number of great houses deserted as Barcelona's industrial base has collapsed over the past couple of decades. Alex meanwhile uses a pinhole camera to portray functioning parts of urban [...]

  4. Mr Baldie says:

    Apparently the genre is known as ruin porn.

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