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Derelict African landmark demolished: weekly photo challenge “broken”

29 Jul

I love challenges. Life without challenging moments seems a little dull – so I’m always chasing them! Here is my response to this week’s photo challenge, whose inspirational theme is “broken“…

The backstory leading to the pictures:

MAPUTO, 31 March, 07 (Reuters)The shell of a disused beachfront hotel that has been a landmark of the Mozambican capital for more than three decades was demolished on Saturday to make for a new U.S. embassy. The multi-storey Four Seasons Hotel would have been the largest in the southern African country but its construction was abandoned in 1974 after a coup in former colonial ruler Portugal led to Mozambique’s independence the following year. “The Americans want a secure site away from the bustle of central Maputo, and here is a large site beside the beach containing nothing but a large ruin … it makes sense that they occupy it,” Deputy Tourism Minister Rosario Muleia told Mozambican television. “So rather than the enormous expense involved in trying to rehabilitate a 32-year-old shell, it would make more sense to rent the land…”, he said.

the first detonators in action...

half-way through the explosion...

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in ART, MOZAMBIQUE

 

36 responses to “Derelict African landmark demolished: weekly photo challenge “broken”

  1. atreegrowsinbklyn

    August 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Very nice. Also, when you scroll down through the shots it’s kind of like one of those flip books; sort of manual animation.

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    • 3rdcultchild

      August 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Cool – liked your comments… never thought of the series like that… they original sequence has some 12 pics, and a video, but I had to chop it down, for the sake of reading… 😮

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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  2. Mizz

    August 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

    wow…massive destruction!

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    • 3rdcultchild

      August 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      I know, Mizz!😮

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

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  3. supersnails

    July 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for posting, this is so interesting!

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    • 3rdcultchild

      July 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Glad to know! Thanks!

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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  4. Connie T

    July 31, 2011 at 4:10 am

    It is broken now. Good set of photos.

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    • 3rdcultchild

      July 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Thank you, Connie. The original sequence had some more photos, but for the sake of the challenge, had to reduce it! 😮

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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  5. yi-ching lin

    July 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

    a little sad and a lot violent.

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    • 3rdcultchild

      July 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

      the building had been condemned. pipes were clogged with concrete, and the construction wasn’t considered safe, anymore. the decision to implode it was a wise one. sad, maybe. but no violence or harm…. thanks for your thoughts, though!

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      • yi-ching lin

        July 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

        oh, it is definitely violent, in the way i mean it: intense and destructive. it is an explosion, or several, after all.

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        • 3rdcultchild

          July 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

          correct! 😮

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          August 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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  6. Isabelle

    July 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I like the first shot ! I’ve never seen this in real but I would love to !
    I’ve always admired the work of this demolition’s men. 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

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    • 3rdcultchild

      July 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Thank you! and, as I commented earlier, no harm was done. no violence. just necessary implosion….

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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  7. Melissa van Herksen

    July 30, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I remember that day…we were at the pancake breakfast together remember!

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  8. Nicole

    July 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Wow! What a great sequence of events and it fits the “broken” theme perfectly. Very cool. 🙂

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  9. 4otomo

    July 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    now you see it, now you dont 🙂 broken all right 🙂
    http://www.4otomo.wordpress.com

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  10. Robin

    July 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I remember often driving past that shell and then, one day, we went back and there was just a pile of rubble… I wondered what had happened to it. Thanks for posting.

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    • 3rdcultchild

      July 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Robin, got several other pics/posts about Moz, and video, made from the roof top of the Marine Detach’t House, while we were posted in Moz. Definitely a unique experience! Glad you appreciated!

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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