Some of my favorite 19th-century paintings are those depicting mythological creatures (primarily fauns and satyrs) dancing amidst Roman ruins, presumably after downing several skins of plummy wine. So it follows that I’m also a big fan of artists like Harald Finster, whose focus is on the ghostly remnants of industry. His must-be-seen latest work has focused on abandoned collieries and steel plants throughout northern Europe; the picture atop this post is of a cooling tower at a desolate Dortmund steel mill.
My favorite Finster work, however, may be his series on the Overburden Conveyer Bridge F60, arguably the largest movable machine ever made by man. It was once used to excavate coal from the Lusatian countryside; it’s now a tourist attraction, for those curious geeks eager to see a metal structure even bigger than the Eiffel Tower.