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Have you ever committed Urban Exploration?

"The Ruins" Holiday Park Indianapolis, IN
"The Ruins" Holiday Park Indianapolis, IN

I'm sure at some point every person has committed 'Urban Exploration', but not many people know this activity by this word.   Urban Exploration is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities.  Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites.

In my own mind I consider abandoned places to have an allure.  Their appeal could look like raw subject matter that is waiting for us to create order out of chaos.  Indianapolis is covered in abandoned buildings.  Many are to the point of no return, where it would be better if someone demolish the building because the time, energy and money that would need to be put in to make the building usable is above and beyond what anyone could afford or even want to do.

There is a place in Indianapolis that you can go to commit urban exploration.  Travel to Holiday Park which is located at 6363 Spring Mill Road.  Located in the park is a public art piece called, "The Ruins".  It is a multi component site that is the result of a proposal first made in 1958 for the relocation of Karl Bitter's 'Races of Man', which depicts representations of Africans, Asians and Caucasians.  The sculpture was going to be relocated from New York City.  'The Ruins' was built to house 'The Races of Man', which would sit on the inside part of the sculpture.  It is made out of limestone, brick masonry, wrought iron and plants.  It measures 30 X 150 X 300 feet.

So if you stretch your mind enough, you too can commit Urban Exploration by traveling to Holiday Park in Indianapolis and visiting "The Ruins".