2011:  Post and Beam, Ignored
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    The things left behind at the building also boggled my mind. Among the items one would expect someone to leave behind were somewhat useful pieces of equipment. I noticed that in one office it seemed as though whoever had worked there, simply got up and left. A pile of jeans, several pairs of boots, a rusty loop of keys, safety goggles - all in decent looking condition, except for a heavy coating of caked gray dust. 

    Another portion of the building contained a couch - not reduced to rags, but still intact and useable, if not for a good cleaning. Hard hats, old computers, even wheelbarrows, strewn about; all in newer condition, but in this place, useless, derelicts. 

    The discarded remains of society ring a sour note within my head. Viewing this place as a sanctuary, I see it as a whimsical reminder that our strongest of structures must collapse eventually. The things we no longer need are tossed aside, even that of a building once prosperous. Too devouring of time, too demanding of money. The oddity of all things being that we would throw away an entire plot of land, complete with standing beam, glass pane and sturdy roof alike. 

    If we are to toss this aside, what more will we discard at the flick of a wrist?

-- Post and Beam, Ignored


Post and Beam, Ignored, September 2011 Vhcle Magazine Issue 7, Art     I've never been one for breaking rules, let alone breaking and entering. When taken by a group of friends to a somewhat small, abandoned and crumbling building, I was hesitant, of course, but soon the fascination kicked in and inhibitions were somewhat tossed aside. 

    Inside, I found a place of beauty, even in its own sense, a decaying, discarded mass of leftover society. I viewed it still as somehow serene, even graceful. We delved further, pushing ourselves into the hulking ghost of a building...

    Located roughly eight miles south of Sacra-mento in Clarksburg, CA, the Old Sugarmill, as it stands now, was originally built sometime in March of 1935. An original sugar factory of the delta area, its carapace was brought in by rail line, with product exported in much the same way. 

    It was owned by several sugar companies throughout its lifetime, with use of the building ending in 1993 and subsequent abandonment occurring shortly thereafter. Today, it remains desolate, save for a small winery that currently uses several of the structures, renovated for wine production and tasting. 

    It is amazing what only 18 years of neglect can do to a building. I was struck by what poor condition almost every piece of the structure was in. Portions of wall, crumbling away like sand, even small plants and patches of green moss spotting large areas of the floor, were common sights. Cast iron handrails rusted to red ocher tangles of mess. Navigating the upper areas of the building became alarmingly unsafe, as one could see the weathered concrete collapsing in areas, and completely gone in others. 

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Carlos Eliason produces photography, video, graphic design and music in the Sacramento area. He has a passion for things energetic, filled with vibrancy and dripping in color.
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