Living Ruins in Shengshan

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An entire village seems to have been forgotten on the Chinese island of Shengshan – a fact that doesn’t come as a surprise granting that the Shengsi islands number more than 400 as part of one of the largest countries in the world. Once known for its fishing community, the timeworn town is beginning to disappear under a flood of new growth. Vines hungrily consume the decrepit stone buildings in a fantastical scene that demonstrates the power of nature. If the quiet area on Shengshan’s North bay didn’t foster human life, it clearly makes a comfortable home for the local flora and fauna. The city’s transformation is particularly impressive considering it was only abandoned by its residents in the early 90s; the roofless homes and broken windows already merge with thriving greenery in what is best described as a “lush ghost town.”


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​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website


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