Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A museum called Architekturzentrum Wien in Vienna is having a photography exhibition by photographic duo Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche, (credited as Haubitz+Zoche) starting tomorrow called Sinai Hotels.
The photos are a series of deserted 5-star hotel building projects left in various states of incompletion and utterly abandoned in the Sinai Peninsula. The photos were taken between 2002 and 2005. It seems the projects were left abandoned for reasons ranging from good old-fashioned bad investment and embezzlement to a decline in tourism fueled by terrorism fears. Whatever the reasons -- the ruins are sad, beautiful, and telling.
Are they monuments to failed investments, empty capitalism or just relics of bad planning and folly? Whatever they symbolize -- they are interesting and beautiful. There are many symbols of mankind's foolishness. These are but a few. Both photos are copyrighted by Haubitz+Zoche.
They have more photos at the BldgBlog.