Grand Hornu

Visit to Grand Hornu, in the Borinage.
Land of contrast (and socialism unfortunately), the renovated rubs with the dilapidated, just as the modern elitist culture is close neighbor of stupidity.

As today's Heritage Days were held, access to the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MAC's) was free. But given my total disgust with the things that are adulated nowadays, I prefer to focus on old buildings that have a great value, harmony and that are otherwise warmhearted than gray concrete cubes.

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Walk in the Borinage and under the sun.

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Approching the Grand Hornu.

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Decadence...

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Cité Hadès (1975). I’ll come back to it.

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For the history of the Grand Hornu, I refer you to the official website.

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Henri De Gorge (1774-1832), the founder of Grand Hornu.

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The ruins of the foundry.

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Right angles, flat and monochrome walls and an undeniable local touch that immediately allows to connect this building to the Borinage.

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The brutal and modern coldness of the museum.

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Decidedly, I'll never understand how modern architecture can be so glorified.

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Mortals, welcome to the life-giving realm of the mausoleum.

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Back to your world...

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A modern corridor leading to the museum. I'll not go further.

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Cité Hadès. Ugly, poorly conceived, it's a famous boondoggle in Belgium.

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Back to home.

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September 2011

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