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Tents are Art Too!

Thursday 07.19.2012 , Posted by
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The Occupy movement put down roots all over the world at its peak, especially in the USA where finding a city center without encampments was unlikely last year. The Occupy movement has definitely lost some steam, or even disappeared all together in many places. In Denver, Colorado, a law has been passed making it illegal to camp on city sidewalks. Meanwhile in Germany, a different version of Occupy blew up in protest of Stuttgart21, the new train station and urban development project starting in Stuttgart, Germany.

Photographers Frank Bayh & Steff Rosenberger-Ochs did a series of photographs of the tents and structures that the activists built in an attempt to halt the construction at what is expected to become the largest construction site in all of Europe. The series is titled “Die Entwicklung neuer Stadtquartiere im Herzen der City” which translates to “The development of new urban districts in the heart of the city.” Oddly enough, this campsite was one of the first new structures built as part of the project, and it has been captured in time through this awesomely eerie set of photographs with modified backgrounds. By removing any background noise the tents transform from what normally look like glorified homeless mansions into their own works of art. Below is a photo of the protests to put it all in perspective.

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Steven Shoppman

Written by Steven Shoppman



Steven Shoppman is a contributor to The Visual News and an avid explorer. In 2009 he received the honor of "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine for his expedition driving two trucks around the world. The expedition was named "The World by Road" He continues to plan new adventures and you can visit his personal website to learn more about him at www.stevenshoppman.com.

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