November 10, 2010

Perth : Abandoned Toy Factory, O'Connor. AKA, Detroit.

Abandoned Toy Factory, Detroit, AKA O'Connor, Perth, Western Australia. Detroit is a shrinking city. In the few decades that Perth, Western Australia has gained a million residents, Detroit, Michigan, has lost a million. Mostly whiteys. Mostly.  Look, I could totally check that, and prove it as fact. Right in front of me, I have the "Atlas of Shrinking Cities". Picked it up at the Bahaus bookshop this year. That's in Germany. Dessau, Germany. Atlas der schrumpfenden Städte. A's with dots, you can't make that shit up. 2006, Phillipp Oswalt und Tim Reieniets. Henning Schirmel, you know it. So, I just checked, Detroit 1950, 1,849,568 heads. Perth 1950, 312 thousand. Who gives a fuck. There's no point. This is O'Connor, not Detroit. But, for a few hours last month, it was Detroit. Here's an abandoned Wooden Toy Factory, and some other shots of O'Connor, one of Perth's most serene and beautiful locales. If Bali was our 911, O'Connor is, our Detroit.

I visited this abandoned factory last month. This month, the entire complex was demolished. RIP, Kanga Wooden Toy Factory. Also, are you on twitter? Follow me. Button is over on the right. 140 characters, or less. Bobby Hundreds, I'm talking to you.

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MD said...

WTF @ the bus. It still has numberplates!

WD yet again. What could possibly be more awesome than an abandoned toy factory?

The PEC, maybe ;)

N. said...

Yeah - the bus was being used as a home. The back door stairs of the bus had a weight lifting bench in front of them, outside the bus. On the other side of the bench, an old couch. Quite the pad, nice minimalist style going on.

BRIK said...

In the 8th picture it looks like it could almost pass as a place that is still running.
A bit rough looking maybe but it would fit right in at a place such as say, Midland.


''The PEC, maybe ;)''
I second this!

N. said...

Hey BRIC - yeah, the 8th picture is from down the street, to help portray the complete picture of the beauty that is O'Connor.

acc521 said...

If Bali was our 911, O'Connor is, our Detroit.

Quote of the week.

Kamu said...

Oh, it's demolished? I sort of did want to have a look at it. Looks like I didn't miss out on too much though.

What was down the stairs?

Also, are those buildings adjacent all derelict as well? The smashed up smash repairs and beyond?

ryca said...

great site. great perspective. *bookmarked*

Leigha said...

Unconventional beauty in the possibilities.


Anonymous said...

Is this still standing?

Laura Does Days said...

I like that stereo, and your style. You make me want to check out abandoned stuff myself. But in reality I'm afraid my tetanus shot wont keep me safe from the rusty nails. I'll just keep living vicariously though you.

And you live in Perth, neat-o. Or maybe you're sunbaking in Asia. I hope you're enjoying that.


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