Long story short, the opportunity arose a few weeks ago to shoot a concert at The Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas. I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to do some rural urban exploration before hitting the show.
Some background details: I recently took a trip to Arkansas with my kid's freshman class, and while gazing absentmindedly through the bus window somewhere northeast of Dallas, I saw a freaking UFO.
The plastic construction also meant an untimely demise for the project; the oil bust of 1973 took place just five years after the prototype was constructed. It's estimated that fewer than one hundred were built, and that fewer than sixty remain.
Texas has three. And two of them are just a few miles from each other.
So when the editor of Sonic Perspectives asked me to photograph a concert in Dallas (full disclosure: I pleaded with him), I took the opportunity to inspect the Royse City Futuro House more closely.
Needless to say, the thing has fallen into disrepair over the years. It's also met more than a few vandals; I personally don't mind graffiti on abandoned structures (tagging is what I hate), but I would absolutely love to see some actual muralists do some work on this weird thing.
Be warned. There is some grossness in this graffiti, but nothing terribly graphic.
After photographing Finland's weirdest architectural import in the morning, I photographed Finland's most famous musical import in the evening. Meet Nightwish, the band responsible for finally making operatic symphonic heavy metal actually sound good.