It is sometimes said that in the eternal confrontation between man and nature, there is no winner. However, once there is a crack in a building, or a broken car stays unattended for a certain amount of time, we’ve all seen how vegetation immediately starts to seize control of it. Nature reasserts its grip.
Take a walk through the abandoned tunnels, ships, mansions and 20 other objects, which, though they were created by man, soon became part of the natural landscape. These are some thought-provoking images.
A tree in a piano, California.
The victory of the trees over concrete, Hong Kong.
A railway in Paris, France.
© Ethan Welty
A bicycle which has been ’eaten’ by a tree.
© Jesse Rockwell
A natural aquarium in an abandoned shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.
© Jason Wallace
An old mill in Sorrento, Italy.
© Kyle Telechan
An abandoned Ferris wheel.
© Rosanne de Lange
A car ’cemetery’, Belgium.
© Marsel Van Oosten
An abandoned mining town, Namibia.
A 160-year-old railway in Paris, France.
A 100-year-old ship in Sydney, Australia.
© Wei-Feng Xue
Tree roots repeating the pattern of the paving stones on a side walk.
The abandoned radioactive city of Pripyat, Ukraine.
© Sam Abell
A forgotten mansion, Ireland.
© Ilya Varlamov
A railway station, Abkhazia.
A former cooling tower, Belgium.
© Pietro Bevilacqua
© Brad Grove
© Matthias Haker
A room in an abandoned hotel.
The ruins of a fishing town on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.