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Pyramid Ruins

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

As I mentioned previously, I found a Web site with some information about, and directions to the ruins of what was to be a 1/5-scale replica of the Great Pyramid of Cheops and a 650-foot copy of the Great Wall of China, both made of limestone. The project was started, but never finished.

Sarah and I went there on December 27 to check it out. What we found was a bit disappointing — pretty much just large piles of limestone, and the rusted trucks mentioned on the site above were nowhere to be found.

Still, we found one building we couldn’t identify — it seems to be some kind of barn-like structure, except that it doesn’t look like one. Maybe someone out there knows what its purpose might be:

Building

We did find some cool piles of limestone:
Piles

As well as a great view of the neighboring quarry. It really looked like a world of its own. I did an experiment with the Orton Method with this photo, and I kind of like the effect:
Quarry (Orton experiment)

Here’s a neat shot of the gravel drive that ran alongside the ruins:
Gravel drive

Finally, a Limestone and Rust abstract shot, for good measure:
Limestone and rust

6 Responses to “Pyramid Ruins”

  1. i, squub Says:

    Wow, those are some awesome photos. The orton thing (I’d never heard of that technique) and the limestone and rust at the end are especially cool.

    That barn-like building looks like something I’ve seen somewhere. Maybe an equipment shed, for tractors and such? Did you check inside it?

  2. Bud Buckley Says:

    I love that last shot. You have a real knack with that type of thing.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, both of you. We didn’t check inside that shed-type building, although I presume that you’re right and it must’ve had equipment in it. I wanted to check, but it was a long walk across a sea of mud, the place was in view from neighboring homes, and the neighborhood dogs were getting a little annoyed at our presence.

  4. furiousball Says:

    The rust-limestone shot is really nice amigo. I forget what those kind of sheds were called, they were really popular in the 50s I believe. Lots of roadside stores were built out of them. The Orthon shot is friggin cool, that looks like it would get some cool halos and bleed in a lush landscape or forest.

  5. Rooska Says:

    Hey Apertome!

    I actually just got back from visiting the exact same location photographed above. I found the info on the same site and a couple of friends and I decided to trek down to Bedford from Bloomington (we are all I.U. students). We were expecting more of the site before we got there, but looking back on it, it was a fun venture and the setting was kind of eerie. I just wanted to complement you on your photos! I saw the other photos on your flikr page and wanted to see if you had any others that you could share. If you do have others, let me know, I’d love to see them! Thanks!

    -Rooska

  6. Browneyes Says:

    The building in question is called a Quonsit Hut. There were various uses for them, my garage is actually one with about the lower third of one side without the tin sheets. That one was used for equipment, the height of the center allowed for taller tractors and augers to be in the middle while smaller items like discs, hay tedders, plows and such could go along the sides. Essentially, you could get just about the same amout of storage and use a little less in building materials. I have really enjoyed looking at your pictures since I live about halfway between Brownstown and Freetown and have my whole life, it really is a beautiful area, and I would agree that some of the locals are a bit backward and rude sometimes. Spend very much time here and you’ll find that the rudeness isn’t intentional, just extreme straightforwardness without any tact whatsoever. Many of these men have spent there lives working in the fields or with livestock, your social skills don’t exactly get honed in that line of work.

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