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Unshattered

Don't ask me why but the intentional demolition of this building across from the Hauptbahnhof (train station) in Hannover, Germany, really intrigues me.  The city's main Tourist Information office was once housed there and had many a person walk through its doors over the years.  It's being demolished so they can build a parking ramp for the city center.

Part of what intrigues me is how that one window at the top can still be in tact and not shattered to smithereens!  I didn't notice it till after I took the pic and now wish I had gotten more of it in the shot.




Unshattered

Don't ask me why but the intentional demolition of this building across from the Hauptbahnhof (train station) in Hannover, Germany, really intrigues me.  The city's main Tourist Information office was once housed there and had many a person walk through its doors over the years.  It's being demolished so they can build a parking ramp for the city center.

Part of what intrigues me is how that one window at the top can still be in tact and not shattered to smithereens!  I didn't notice it till after I took the pic and now wish I had gotten more of it in the shot.




comments (7)

No more to say than : Bravo !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. That means a lot.
This is a wonderful shot Ginnie and your story illustrates how modern man just doesn't give a damn about the past. More and more of these beautiful buildings are being obliterated, along with tracts of land being destroyed, to make way for those monstrosities of modern architecture - carparks and shopping malls. With this in mind, that lone window looks both sad and defiant at the same time. Very well done for producing a photo that can evoke such emotion. As Zeb says, Bravo!! Regards, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for these right-on comments, Neil! I stood there dumbfounded the day I discovered what was happening. I couldn't believe it. This was the first building (other than the train station) that "introduced" me to Hannover. So sad. I'm glad you, too, can feel the emotion from this pic!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Nov 2006, 12:27
Strong image - and the window stands out. MOre of a miracle is that the top beam in the photo seems to be bent allready.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Louis. I hadn't noticed that top beam but I think you're right!
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 26 Nov 2006, 14:46
i like that neil said.. great words. i am all about emotion today - and i feel just like the broken building. ruined, wrecked by man, and still have something slighly small - still intact.

great image and suits me fine today. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhhhh, Sorcha. Sometimes the greatest treasures are the smallest of what we have left. Those unshattered pieces that hang on, no matter what.

Years ago my preacher dad told a story about a painting contest on the theme "Peace." The winning entry was of a tiny sparrow perched in a tiny alcove opening of a huge rock, looking out on a blustering storm.

You are that little bird; you are that unshattered window!
It's also amazing to find brick underneath the cement. The more I look at the photo the more I see in it... and that blue... it's beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Now you've got me looking back at it, Jen. smile It was a cloudy, rain-stormy day, which seemed to be fitting for the subject. Thanks for your comment.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Nov 2006, 21:45
Amazing, interesting and intriguing picture, one you could look at for ages and see more things.

It goes to show that the building was intended to last, so was the result of clever design and construction.
Ginnie Hart: I think you are right, Ellie, and I'm guessing lots of people are shocked, even if parking space really IS needed in this area. But so many people of all ages and countries come into the city via train, right across the street. You'd think they could have found another less obtrusive place to build a parking ramp! And too bad it's too late to protest about it now. When I arrive at the train station on Dec. 5th, you can bet that that's the first thing I'll look at when I walk out!

Thanks for your thoughtful comment!
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 20 Feb 2008, 06:01
Well captured!It tells the story.
Ginnie Hart: I just found this comment, Gale. Wow. That was back in my Hannover days. Thanks for your sweet words.

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