There are a lot of barns in Connecticut, particularly tobacco barns. Some are still in use in by the growers of shade and broadleaf tobacco, and many are used as out-buildings or for other types of agricultural storage. Some have fallen into various states of disrepair, as have many other buildings that are no longer being actively used. While this is sad, it’s also understandable. Maintaining a building of any size requires time and money. Tearing down a large building also takes a lot of time and money. Sometimes, these buildings are simply allowed to die a slow death.
Helping the buildings along the path of destruction are some of the smallest creatures on the planet. Fungus and other microorganisms along with ants, termites and even certain types of bees are all happy to find a large wooden structure fending for itself in New England. All of these things eat (digest) wood fibers and contribute to the condition called Dry Rot. These organisms and insects require moisture to be present in the wood in relatively large quantities, so the name ‘dry rot’ is somewhat ironic.
The other characteristic of large abandoned structures is the degree to which they present themselves as a canvas for graffiti artists. You might object to my using the word ‘artist’ in conjunction with vandals, but the fact that you can buy books of graffiti art and visit exhibits of graffiti art are indications that, while it still might be despised, graffiti has long since gone mainstream. In fact, my friend David pointed out that people building model railroads can buy graffiti decals for train cars and trackside buildings and creative types, such as David, can buy stencils to paint their own graffiti.
I decided that there is a certain appeal to “tagged” buildings and there are even interesting patterns and elements to buildings that are falling apart. Some of the buildings in the gallery have seen their last days. Some have been repaired and some are about to be saved. They all have, or had doors, so I think they all qualify. Most of the tagged buildings are ones I would put in the vandalized category rather than the ‘artistically enhanced’ one.
The photos are part of the wonderfully addictive, why else would I be out taking pictures in the rain of vandalized barns, Thursday Doors series presented by Norm Frampton. If you want to see the other doors, or get in on the fun, get a door and visit Norm’s page and click the linky thing.