Concrete islands

Some photographs by Andrew Meredith. Projects include Slaughtermen and Weston-super-Mare. His tumblr has a fabulous image, ‘Beneath the Mountain‘, taken ‘deep below the surface of the artificial mountains underneath the old Polar Bear enclosure in Londons historic Zoo’, otherwise known as the Mappin Terrace (‘one of the I feel strangest, most ill conceived, inadequate structure’s in the history of Zoological Architecture’, according to The Circus “NO SPIN ZONE”, ‘A Blog designed for discussion of topics related to, but not limited to, Circus, Zoos, Animal Training, and Animal Welfare/Husbandry.’ The Terrace was built just before the Great War, an ‘extraordinary imitation of a mountain landscape [that] was designed to provide a naturalistic habitat for bears and other animals…. The cavernous interior, like that of a real mountain, holds reservoirs of water which is filtered and circulted into the Aquarium below.’ The above images come from The Bear Pit, artist Richard Whitby’s survey of zoological brutalism.


Glittering cityscapes by Peter Burgstaller / we’re late to the party with this: My Unfinished Novels. Human endeavour groans onwards / worth revisiting: The EmpireT That Was Russia, the early colour photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, Photographer to the Tsar / SCB posts a classic piece of moon ephemera / Autocar Acrostic, courtesy of James May / a collection of NATO reporting names / photographs by Oliver Perrott, including this set, Degeneration / new website from photographer Nick Guttridge / the art of Zac Gorman, via ShellsuitZombie.

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3 Responses to Concrete islands

  1. Daniela says:

    Artificial mountains are so strange. Reminds me of the indoor ski slope in Dubai. Polar bears deserve natural habitats.

  2. Thank you very much for the rather unexpected mention in the concrete islands piece.
    It was very nice to see the ‘Beneath the Mountain’ image given some nice feedback.

    best regards

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