Ostrava-Vitkovice Iron Works
On the 28th April 1948, according to my birth certificate, I was born in the #753 Works Hospital
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I knew that this was the hospital attached to the Ostrava-Vitkovice Ironsworks,
I grew up with an images of a hospital that was part of a giant industrial complex that produced Iron and Steel
....I wasn't disappointed.
When I planned my 66th birthday trip to the Czech Republic I wanted a specific photographic project.
The Vitkovice Iron Works seem to offer all the right ingredients for photographs.
The last furnace tapping in Vítkovice took place in 1998.
In 2002 the government declared the decommissioned part of the ironworks a national cultural monument.
In 2008 it was added to the emerging list of European Cultural Heritage.
Preservationists would also like to see it included in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The abandoned buildings and machinery gave me ideal subject matter.
It was like a 'Hollywood set' for a 'Post Apocalypse' movie.
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There are parts of the Iron Works that are still producing Steel
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What I didn't know was that on the May Day
a Blue Balloon
The Ostrava-Vitkovice Irons Works Complex becomes... something completely different
To be continued........
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