Garzweiler II

Garzweiler is a brown coal mine situated in Germany, near the city of Dusseldorf. In this gigantic area, 66 square kilometers in width, the earth has been torn open and transformed into an enormous crater. This excavation will continue until around 2045, mining another 48 square kilometers. I’m stunned by this transformation and decay which this process entails. Surrounding villages are being swallowed up by the brown coal mine. They slowly become a ghost town and an attraction for tourists, before disappearing completely off the map.

 
In Borschemich, village which has disappeared now, the windows where the only thing still related to people..

Fenster in Borschemich

Surrounding villages


Memories disappearing