We came across this bunker on our mountainbike tour. The strange thing is that it is not outside on the fields or another remote place, but on one of the hills around Stuttgart and in admist a middle-class residential quarter. A woman who lives right next to it told us it had been used in World War II. As we found out via Google about 30% of Stuttgart had been destroyed from 1942 to 1945 with over 3000 tons of bombs. Now the building is basically a place for birds.
Unfortunately we don't know who painted the figures on the wall and how long ago that was, but we guess whoever did it, was against organized violence by the government.
This is a great documentary shot. So many stories just in that wall. Heath @ 2006-June-8 12:51
beautiful building, beautiful shot. love the tones in the walls. chris @ 2006-June-8 13:07
interesting...we had loads of bombings too in London by you know who....;)
This pic is great but I think what makes photos like these really good is the amount of detail in them, there's so much to see in them. Love this one alot. Jide Alakija @ 2006-June-8 13:15
I like the grittiness of this. Michael @ 2006-June-8 13:39
i can't believe someone lives next to this. i suppose it would give you all sorts of street cred; "hey, you know that busted up bunker up on the hill yeah? that's my hood bitch.. better recognize!" schmee @ 2006-June-8 13:52
ihr werdet aber auch immer besser!
sogar die schräge passt hier und führt zur tür.
die figuren müssen vor micheangelo sein, weil ja 2D ;)
martin @ 2006-June-8 14:57
fantastic shot, great details! NoWords @ 2006-June-8 15:33
Brilliant shot! Stunning! The color tone is incredible, great detail too! Kris @ 2006-June-8 17:07
The toning you chose really brings out the details of the bunker. At first I thought it was a duotone, but then I noticed the green in the foliage at the bottom. The angle is nice, too. I especially like that you got that upper window into the shot.
As wonderful as the photo is, I don't think I could live next door to this place. There's something eerie about the painted figures... Brandon @ 2006-June-8 17:25
Decay with your usual dash of panache. Those relics often remain because of the high cost of demolition : they were built to withstand more than anyone can now afford to throw at them. This one looks a little up-market with the beginnings of that ???stonework??? surround to the doorway . . . real nice moody shot. AG @ 2006-June-8 17:42
Pretty interesting shot... I like it! Keep up the good work! :-) Thomas Solberg @ 2006-June-8 18:32
Nice shot. I love the brown colours. Wolfgang @ 2006-June-8 20:42
Wirklich toll. Urbane Kunst!
Ich möchte gar nicht daran denken was für Dramen sich damals im Bunker abgespielt haben und welchen Schmerz und welches Leid die Menschen im Bunker erlitten haben. Ein Bild zum nachdenken. Karl Baumann @ 2006-June-8 21:01
This is a building with a purpose yet I like the architecture. Ironic really. Probably the last thing on their mind... mooch @ 2006-June-8 21:15
Great toning in this shot. Did you use your GradientGabber to achieve it ?
Like the angle, too ! Albedo @ 2006-June-8 21:36
this looks like such an interesting place! at first glance it almost seemed like it could be a ruin in South America, but the description really added quite a bit to it (I'm a little lazy I guess in doing it myself, lol) great work.
It's been too long since I've had time to cruise through the photoblogs as I like to and I can see from looking that I've missed a lot of good photos as they were posted. This one is a great piece of history. Sherri @ 2006-June-8 22:41
now this is real graffiti to me! it has meaning. Artistic qualities.
Great shot too, love the toning JD @ 2006-June-8 23:26
Great.Excellent detail,angle. Tomasz @ 2006-June-9 07:49
wonderful shot and amazing baige tone here :) i love it Bruno @ 2006-June-9 08:24
such a cool looking place - love the paintings on the walls ..cheers :) david kleinert @ 2006-June-9 11:38
Very interesting shot, would be cool to find out who painted those figures Matthew @ 2006-June-9 13:02
Gorgeous shot. I'd love to see a closer-cropped view (cropping out the top-left window to make the figures more prominent), but the detail and rich colour is beautiful (and I'm a big fan of the tilt-angle). :) chris @ 2006-June-9 13:33
Amazing shot with a great atmosphere. I really like the sepia tones too. jane @ 2006-June-9 13:56
Sehr schöne Sepiatöne. Vor allem die Wandbemalung macht das Motiv einzigartig. Homajon @ 2006-June-9 14:51
fascinating story, and gives a whole added layer to the photo. david @ 2006-June-9 15:43
Wirkt seltsam auf mich....oder sagen wir nicht definierbar. Irgendwie hat das etwas von einem sehr alten Tempel....ich habe aber auch Schnupfen und manchmal seltsam Assoziationen...:) Schönes Ding... Jens @ 2006-June-9 16:35
The building and your photo tell an interesting story! Wonder why it's left abandoned... Nicola @ 2006-June-9 17:49
Erinnert mich an meine Heimatstadt, die ebenfalls voll solcher Bunker steht. Die man auch "lustig" bemalt hat damit sie nicht so hä??lich scheinen. Aber das hier ist sehr spitze. Die Aufnahme perfekt. rollinger @ 2006-June-9 19:24
A very strong image! Nice work. micki @ 2006-June-10 05:22
love the decay, the colour/tone ... quite simply an awesome (& interesting) shot!!
;) MrC @ 2006-June-12 06:54
I'm quite surprised that this building is still standing in this condition, after all this time? garyx @ 2006-June-12 12:30
Wow, what a response! Thanks!
@Albedo: Yes, we used two gradients grabbed with GG :)
@matthew: You are absolutely right about the similarities to ruins in South America. Funny it didn't occur to me before, though I know S.A. ... Sebastian @ 2006-June-13 22:41
The color tone is very good. Although it's an old structure, it looks in good condition, hence it's a bunker or contrast is well balanced. Close up isn't necessary, since I enjoyed to see the big picture. Different angles might look interesting, though. Well taken. Emré @ 2006-June-20 16:14