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Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Mall from the Blues Brothers

Last weekend I met a woman named Angelina who went to art school with my wife. She was telling us about her latest project, in which she painted scenes from the mall used in the movie the Blues Brothers. You know, the one that Jake and Elwood rampaged their car through, crashing into Pier One Imports and finally barreling out of the toy store, engine revving, right after the customer asks, "Do you have a Miss Piggy?"

Apparently, that mall, located just outside Chicago, has been abandoned since the 1970s---a subject of nature's entropy. So Angelina took photos of it, then painted them. Her stuff is amazing.

Here's a link to her online gallery. (BTW, I don't think all her paintings are of that mall.)
This is one of the most depressing things I've ever seen or heard in my life.

I remember a botony teacher telling me one time how the earth would return to its original state, given enough time, if all humans were to leave it completely. If, say we went to live on Mars and abandoned the earth, in time, it would heal itself and completely eat up everything we'd built on it.
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