"The crumbling buildings in the city seem to have a certain pull: so many photographers have captured them over the years that it recently prompted a satirical response from The Onion, "Artists Announce They've Found All the Beauty They Can in Urban Decay."
"Brian Dillon, author of the book Ruins, said the modern images of old Olympic parks, disused hotels and deserted tower blocks were often almost identical to their classical forebears, with new juxtaposed next to old or nature intruding into a man-made structure."
“RUIN PORN” is a phrase so immature and gawky it isn’t sure how seriously to take itself...it’s a smirking neologism that may or may not aspire to be a social critique."
"Seeing the ruins of Detroit turned into art was very powerful for all of us. The Heidelberg Project has become an international success and attracts people from all over the world. After our tour, we met Tyree Guyton; one of his first questions for us was “what is art today?” The discussion continued with questions about what is life and the meaning of neighbourhoods and communities. These questions challenged us to look at the city from a new perspective. He also asked one of the students to paint an orange dot on the street, thereby contributing to the on-going and continually evolving art installation (Figure 16). Like the Boggs Center and Eastern Market, the Heidelberg Project gave us a new perspective on the city’s ruins; where yesterday we had seen decay and abandonment, today we were seeing the same landscape transformed as art which created a sense of place and community."