Not What It Seems

Prison Break

Touches of humanity soften the hard edges of Humberstone.

From a carefully hand-lettered sign….

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….to rebar (short for “reinforcing bar” — used to increase the tensile strength of concrete walls) repurposed for security….certainly from after the 1960 abandonment of the site, to deter looters.

A mysterious message, barely holding on. “Coopere con el, aseo” — can be translated as Keeping clean together — we could re-purpose this sign for COVID-19. The bench in background is slanted in the opposite direction.

Someone has a sense of humor: this was a door to the drill bit room, repurposed as a prison, complete with a ball and chain. In the background, a father photographing is wife and child.



Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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