Belly of the Beast

Most people comfortably live and occupy their rooms and offices without much worry or fear of the gruesomeness beyond the surface of their walls. Most of us don’t realize that we are only idling within voids bound with weird columns, beams, pipes and ducts -the veins and arteries of the monsters we call “buildings”. 

When you wonder into the secret corners and layers of an old building you find yourself next to all sorts of tubes and the unplastered, unpainted, and unrefined structural insides of the elderly creature.  Like anthropologists, tomb raiders, and surgeons we crawl around these hidden, cobwebbed spaces, stumbling on forgotten history, illuminating the belly of the beast. 

 An old map of the world in the attic of a former school building

An old map of the world in the attic of a former school building

 This roof space made us realize that this particular building once had  arched double-story height windows, they were covered up with an addition

This roof space made us realize that this particular building once had  arched double-story height windows, they were covered up with an addition

 Basement guts

Basement guts