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100 Examples of Deteriorated Art

From Decadently Decayed Shoots to Purposely Disfigured Portraits

— September 1, 2012 — Autos
The genre of decay has been explored by the surreal movement and has seeped into the deteriorated artwork of today.

The idea of decomposition, erosion and abandonment are prominent in various mediums of art. From editorials with eerily nostalgic sets to installations that feature decomposing fruit, the emotive motif has transcended to evoke emotions.

The overwhelming fascination with abandonment photography is perhaps the most prominent incarnation of this artistic tendency. Post-apolitical motifs of formerly grandiose structures are eerily captivating. Capturing the effects of time, each artist takes the medium to new levels of nostalgic imagery. Although the aim of each artist is different, the idea of awareness for the effects of time is overwhelmingly prominent. With these editorials, sculptures and installations, viewers can see that there is beauty in the breakdown.
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Apocalyptic Maternal Art
Apocalyptic Maternal Art
'Peace' by C215 Sends Out a Positive Global Message
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Urban Loner Self Portraiture
Urban Loner Self Portraiture
Mark Savic Photographs Solitude in the City
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98
Abandoned Water-Park Films
Abandoned Water-Park Films
The 'Kilian Martin: Altered Route' Short Explores Barren Lands
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Gritty Factory Modeling
Gritty Factory Modeling
The Alexander Wang Fall 2011 Campaign Gets Down and Dirty
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96
Secret Urban Wildernesses
Secret Urban Wildernesses
'Teach Me to Disappear' Documents Life in an Abandoned Zoo
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95
Dirty Dinner Tables
Dirty Dinner Tables
The Ecological Table Brings Mess and Meal Together with an Earthy Touch
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94
Gentrifying Graffiti Murals
Gentrifying Graffiti Murals
‘Things Change' by Jo Peel is an Interactive Painted Wall
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93
Forsaken Modernist Architecture
Forsaken Modernist Architecture
The 'After You Left, They Took it Apart' Series is Poetic
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92
Decaying Digital Illustrations
Decaying Digital Illustrations
Matheus Berbel Depicts Inevitability in These Haunting Pieces
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Fading Architectural Artwork
Fading Architectural Artwork
These Matt Bahen 'After The Wolves' Oil Paintings are Sombre
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Eviscerated Architecture Art
Eviscerated Architecture Art
Marjan Teeuwen Presents Chaotic Buildings on the Verge of Collapse
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Chic Abandoned City Shoots
Chic Abandoned City Shoots
'Chongqing City in China' by Mathieu Belin is Both Eery and Graceful
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Gross Garbage Captures
Gross Garbage Captures
The 'Pourri' Series by Frederic Delangle is Artistically Disgusting
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Dramatic Interactive Street Art
Dramatic Interactive Street Art
Kislow Creates Characters That Play Off Their Urban Surroundings
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86
Delightfuly Decayed Captures
Delightfuly Decayed Captures
Alessandro Puccinelli Photographs the Composting Process
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85
Decadently Decayed Shoots
Decadently Decayed Shoots
The Klaus Pichler ‘One Third' Series Reveals the Rotten Natu
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Abandoned Aerodrome Photography
Abandoned Aerodrome Photography
Aging Hangar an Abode for Art at the Singapore Biennale 2011
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Darkly Desolate Shoots
Darkly Desolate Shoots
This Garmonique Photography Captures an Elusive Beauty
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Stunningly Sombre Paintings
Stunningly Sombre Paintings
New England-Based Artist Daniel Danger Paints Gloomy Pictures
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Politically-Charged Abstract Art
Politically-Charged Abstract Art
Artist Ayman Baalbaki Renders a Torn City into Beauty
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80
Gravity-Defying Trees
Gravity-Defying Trees
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto's 'Hanging Garden' Soars in Cincinnati
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Buried Watchtower Photography
Buried Watchtower Photography
The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse Photos are Obscured by Sand Heaps
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Forsaken Fortresses
Forsaken Fortresses
Abandoned Superstructures Form Spooky Skylines
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Urban Decay Illustrations (UPDATE)
Urban Decay Illustrations (UPDATE)
Artist Alex Lukas Recreates Cities with a Fresh Eye
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Poetic Abandoned Abodes
Poetic Abandoned Abodes
John Divola's Photography Turns Dismal Homes into Works of Art
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Decomposing Doll Houses
Decomposing Doll Houses
Daniele Del Nero Creates Creepy Rotting Scale Models of Structures
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Abandoned Railway Catalogs
Abandoned Railway Catalogs
The Sawa Fall/Winter 2012 Lookbook Features Authentic Footwear
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Exsistential Art Projects
Exsistential Art Projects
Before I Die by Candy Chang Lets People Write Their Drems on the Wall
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Rural Power Fixes
Rural Power Fixes
Solar Energy Lights African Huts and Changes Lives Far from the Grid
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Abandoned Subway Art
Abandoned Subway Art
The Underbelly Project is a Secret NYC Gallery
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Ghost Town Canvases
Ghost Town Canvases
'The Ghostvillage Project' Offers a City-Sized Work of Art
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Artfully Deteriorated Photos
Artfully Deteriorated Photos
The Damaged Negatives Book By Glen Luchford Showcases Beauty in Decay
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Festering Fruit Installations
Festering Fruit Installations
John Dilnot Explores Mortality's Beginning and End Through Apples
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Eroded Urban Architecture
Eroded Urban Architecture
Taizhou Center Draws on Traditional Art for Contemporary Construction
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66
Glowing Light Photography
Glowing Light Photography
The Denis Smith Ball of Light Photo Series is Brilliantly Illuminating
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Deteriorating Designer Dwellings
Deteriorating Designer Dwellings
Alexandre Herchcovitch Shows Decaying Homes Off to the Selby
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Perishing Blossom Portraits
Perishing Blossom Portraits
The 'Decaying Roses' Series by Billy Kidd is Mysterious and Vibrant
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Blended Abandoned Buildings
Blended Abandoned Buildings
The Dormer House by Ben Wolf is a Collage of Decaying Structures
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Resuscitated Discarded TVs
Resuscitated Discarded TVs
Alex Beker's Abandoned Televisions Shows the Importance of Memories
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Decomposing Paintings
Decomposing Paintings
Martin Ouellette Gets Inspired by Decaying Objects
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Abandoned Auto Photography
Abandoned Auto Photography
The 'From the Back Seat of My Car' Series Shows Ravaged Vehicles
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Geometric Subway Ceilings
Geometric Subway Ceilings
Hoshakuji Station in Japan Uses Plywood for Eye-Pleasing Details
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Creepy Gothic Catalogs
Creepy Gothic Catalogs
The Una Burke AW11 Lookbook is Erotically Unsettling
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Misty Abandoned Metropolises
Misty Abandoned Metropolises
Kim Holtermand's Deserted City is Ghostly Intriguing
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Lonesome Ballroom Lookbooks
Lonesome Ballroom Lookbooks
Bianca Balti by Sinisha Nisevic Flaunts the Style of Going Solo
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Colorful Chaotic Creations
Colorful Chaotic Creations
Marie Koetje Captures Mayhem in a Series of Beautiful Illustrations
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Dilapidation Documentography
Dilapidation Documentography
Jake Dobkin Captures the Real New York
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Misty Mile-High Photography
Misty Mile-High Photography
The Jonathan May 'Abandoned Airfield' Series is Hauntingly Beautiful
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Abandoned Hospital Photography
Abandoned Hospital Photography
Matt Lambros Captures Decaying Health Wards
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Abandoned Urbanscapes
Abandoned Urbanscapes
Empty L.A. Photgraphs Capture the Isolation of City Life
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Decomposition Time Lapses
Decomposition Time Lapses
'The Elephant: Life After Death' Studies the Decay of an African Giant
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Abandoned Metropolis Photography
Abandoned Metropolis Photography
'Silent World' by Lucie and Simon Depicts the True Human Habitat
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Disquieting Dustography
Disquieting Dustography
Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards Sweeps 'Dust' Into Art
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Indoor Desert Photography
Indoor Desert Photography
Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes Photographs Indoor Deserts in Namib
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Fossilized Childhood TV Personalities
Fossilized Childhood TV Personalities
Hyungkoo Lee Creates Cartoon Character Skeletons
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Abanoned Pod Buildings
Abanoned Pod Buildings
The Sanzhi Pod City Buildings Exude Sorrow
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Suspenseful Abandoned Prints
Suspenseful Abandoned Prints
Kate Peters Takes Silently Still Pictures That are Sure to Mesmerize
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Decapitated Molting Sculptures
Decapitated Molting Sculptures
The Rachel Niffenegger 'Heads on Poles' Series is Dark
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Decaying Fleshtography
Decaying Fleshtography
'Zombie Body' by Maxine Guenther Imagines the Skin After the Apocalypse
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Abandoned Housicles
Abandoned Housicles
The Ice House Detroit Raises Awareness About Housing Crisis
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Decrepit Car Models
Decrepit Car Models
Martin Heukeshoven Makes Detailed Replicas of Rusty Vehicles
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Purposefully Disfigured Portraits
Purposefully Disfigured Portraits
Nicola Samori Articulates Through Destruction
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Motor City Ruins
Motor City Ruins
Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's Pictures of 'The Ruins of Detroit'
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Abandoned City Captures
Abandoned City Captures
Sophia Germer Presents Detroit in Decay
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Dilapidated Photo Collections
Dilapidated Photo Collections
BestBookmarks Features Artful Images of Urban Decay
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Monkey-Raised Girls
Monkey-Raised Girls
Grzegorz Welnicki Documents Sylvie's Life After She Was Found in the Wild
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Grimy Gallery Exhibits
Grimy Gallery Exhibits
The 'Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt' Show Focuses on Time and Decay
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Desolate Abode Captures
Desolate Abode Captures
The Abandoned Building Photographs by Cari Ann Wayman are Intimate
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Staggeringly Misplaced Animal Scupltures
Staggeringly Misplaced Animal Scupltures
Adrián Villar Rojas's Beached Whale Statue is Striki
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Historic War-Torn Photography
Historic War-Torn Photography
Jonathan Andrew Captures Abandoned Bunkers from WWII
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Capturing Abandoned Abodes
Capturing Abandoned Abodes
'Deserted Homes' by Sigal Ben David Takes Us to New Orleans
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Urban Corrosion Graffiti
Urban Corrosion Graffiti
Photographer Scott Hocking Captures Comically Poor Graff in Detroit
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Bacterial Blockbuster Billboards
Bacterial Blockbuster Billboards
The Toronto ‘Contagion' Installation is Deadly
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Stylishly Sacrilegious Catalogs
Stylishly Sacrilegious Catalogs
The Lindsey Thornburg Reformation Shoot is Set in a Holy Land
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Colorful Forgotten Spaces
Colorful Forgotten Spaces
The Unclear Ground/ Terrain Vague Creates a Mystical Universe
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Twirling Waste Sculptures
Twirling Waste Sculptures
'Thrown to the Wind' by Wang Zhiyuan is a Trash-Art Compilation
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High-Def Derelict Photography
High-Def Derelict Photography
Brian Roach Captures Awesome Abandoned Structures
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Apocalyptic Photoshoots
Apocalyptic Photoshoots
Lori Nix Creates Abandoned Displays to Mimic a Disaster Aftermath
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Industrial Editorials
Industrial Editorials
Muse Spring 2010 Gets Gritty in ‘Memories of Green'
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Dark Forlorn Photography
Dark Forlorn Photography
'My Dark Little Room' by August Bradley is Both Depressing and Detailed
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Surreal Cardboard Art Pieces
Surreal Cardboard Art Pieces
The EVOL Repeat Offender Collection is Made of Worn-Out Materials
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Abandoned Lumberjack Portraits
Abandoned Lumberjack Portraits
The Elias Petrakis for Esquire Turkey Editorial is Rugged
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Deserted Desert City Photography
Deserted Desert City Photography
Abandoned by Richard Allenby-Pratt Imagines a Future Saudi Arabia
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Creepy Abandoned Homes
Creepy Abandoned Homes
Abandoned Homes Become Popular on Facebook, Green Websites
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Carved Literature Sculptures
Carved Literature Sculptures
This Series by Guy Laramee Will Take Your Breath Away
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Vivid Abandoned Photography
Vivid Abandoned Photography
Urban Exploring by Simon Christen is an Eerily Cool Collection
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Abandoned Men's Club Renovations
Abandoned Men's Club Renovations
The Harmony Club Gets a Second Chance With a New Owner
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Abandoned House Shoots
Abandoned House Shoots
The Anja Rubik Quazi Shoot Dabbles in Dereliction
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Humanized Urban Portraits
Humanized Urban Portraits
'(In)vulnerable' by Steef Veldhoen Mixes Models & Abandoned Buildings
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Beautiful Art from Recycled Toys
Beautiful Art from Recycled Toys
Ryan McElhinney
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Dumpster-Made Cafes
Dumpster-Made Cafes
The FOUNDation Project Uses Trash Containers as a Base for Coffee Shops
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Otherworldly Digital Art
Otherworldly Digital Art
Peter Gric Mixes Abstract 3D With Spiritual Practice
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Disintegrating Pixelated Designs
Disintegrating Pixelated Designs
Digital Decay by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom Constructs Collapse
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Abandoned Photography
Abandoned Photography
Fabiano Parisi Focuses on Human and Industrial Waste
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Abandoned Asylum Photography
Abandoned Asylum Photography
Jenny Hardcore Stays True to Her Name
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Decaying Disney Divas
Decaying Disney Divas
Kendel Marce Illustrates Zombified Versions of Classic Movie Princesses
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Hallucinatory Street Art
Hallucinatory Street Art
The Optical Illusion Graffiti of Mimmo Rubino Plays Tricks on the Eyes
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Architectural Corpses
Architectural Corpses
‘Stages of Decay' by Julia Solis Captures Abandoned Theaters
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Forlorn Floating Photography
Forlorn Floating Photography
Karen Inderbitzen-Waller for NO Magazine Creates Lonely Surroundings
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Abandoned Shopping Malls
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
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