Inside the Abandoned Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos in Colonia del Sacramento
The bullring is an arresting sight. Astride a landscape of visually jarring development, the outer wall displays loud Mudéjar architecture, a style blending Muslim and Spanish influences common to the Iberian peninsula. Since the bullring’s abandonment, the surrounding area has seen the construction of squat suburban houses and an enormous hotel complex of gleaming pools. The Plaza Real de San Carlos then, with its rotting metal and broken concrete, is somewhat offending to the almost strained plainness of its locality.
Uruguay abandoned bullfighting in 1912. However, it was later than its neighbour Argentina. Before 1912, in the years that Uruguay acted as the last regional outpost for the “sport”, entrepreneurs from Buenos Aires saw the opportunity for profit. They conspired with some Uruguayan businessmen to build the bullring, immediately exporting the culture, aristocracy and famous matadors of Argentina to the other side of the delta of the Río de la Plata.
Argentina’s upper classes were literally carried en masse by boats to the sole bullring of Uruguay. They saw one of the only eight fights, which took place in the structure that can hold a third of Colonia’s population.
Today, the bullring is unequivocally collapsing. An invitingly torn fence ushers the passer-by to witness the graffiti and rusted, paper-thin staircases. The hot and punctured hides of the bulls are long departed. As wild-eyed as the huge animals, the crowds are too.
The only remaining things reminiscent of the tortured bulls are the stray dogs, rabid and limping, chasing the cars around and around the crumbling Plaza de Toros.
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Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione has somehow managed to make an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy even creepier with his paintings of shadows.
The way Baglione’s ‘shadows’ creep out from disused wheelchairs and lurk ominously on the walls makes it easy to imagine that they belonged to the tortured souls that used to inhabit the place.
The work is part of Baglione’s ‘1000 Shadows’ project, where he paints silhouettes on floors and walls.
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