I’ve been exploring some of the abandoned buildings in Detroit since 2012. These pictures are from my first time back in the field (finally!) with local explorers again. In this exploration we checked out the Continental Factory, Grand Trunk Cold Storage & Warehouse, and some other place I have no idea how to navigate to (just along for the ride). I met at the same spot my friend Farzin, Ryan, and a few others met two years ago. The Continental Factory was only a few blocks from here.
Things had changed in the last two years. Below is a comparison of the change in two years.
I met up with a new friend Andrew and his friend Marc. We spent most of the time exploring the main building and especially the rooftops, which in my opinion make this place a special one. The graffiti is spectacular up here and unlike anything else I’ve experienced. It it’s very bright with there being no ceiling and reminds me of ancient monuments when looking up at some of the towers.
(view more like this in my Abandoned Factory portfolio)
Next we met two of Andrews’ friends Jessica and Dave and my friend Derrick before driving to Grand Trunk Cold Storage & Warehouse.
Andrew and Marc talked about building a tire pyramid. Heading off to our final destination, we all helped out by throwing and rolling tires in a space not far from the center of this abandoned tire disposal facility. By doing this we created a tire sculpture.
The location itself was a hidden gem. It wasn’t near any other industrial center but I do recall it being near the bus storage facility that housed hundreds of yellow buses. This location was the smallest but had some of the most interesting offices on the second and third floors of this abandoned complex.