Thursday’s Special: DECAY
What happens when you start building something and leave it unfinished? What happens when you pay a huge amount of money for it and never see it used?
For the today’s theme DECAY, I’ll show you what…
In the late 1980’s the officials of Zagreb realised that the existing clinical facilities were insufficient for its growing population, so an ambitious project was embarked on that implied construction of the largest, greatest clinical centre in that part of Europe that would not only serve the people of Zagreb, but also those from Bosnia and Herzegovina or from any of the then six Yugoslav Republics. Designs were made (in Slovenia), contractors were selected (in Croatia) and the works started. A small if any percentage of financing came from the national budget, while 97 per cent were paid by the citizens of Zagreb (who were taken a percentage from their monthly salaries with a promise of being involved in a project of national interest that will provide free health care for them and other citizens of Yugoslavia).
In 1992, five years into construction, the people, now impoverished by the war, stopped paying for the construction and the huge project (that had already been 45% complete) was abandoned, never to be resumed again.
Twenty-three years later the same complex, now a ruin, peeks out of the overgrown shrubs that line the main highway into the town, reminding passers-by of poor management and a huge failure by local and national governments to serve the people.
For this Thursday’s Special challenge you are invited to take some photos of decay. The fact that for once I posted multiple picture gallery does not mean that you are asked to do the same. It can be one or several photos with or without a story behind them. And don’t worry if you don’t have anything ready by now, just make sure to post before next Wednesday. Wishing you all a happy and creative Thursday!