Power Plant

On the edge of the San Francisco Bay sits an abandoned and decaying power plant full of electrical generating equipment that has been stripped of its usefulness and value. This plant has become an environmental canvas and playground for young anonymous artists. These young artists have transformed a scene of decay in to a wonderland of color and shape.

With these photographs my attempt is to capture the sense of amazement and wonder I experienced when first stumbling on this scene. Returning  many times to the plant to photograph, I am amazed at the continued transformation. The solidity of large iron equipment with its muted rusted industrial colors is contrasted by the temporal nature of graffiti art.  With bright colors these artists have no inhibitions in adding to or painting over previous work, often adding comments over another’s piece.

Richard Gilles