How much do we love seeing old urban structures renovated and serving a purpose? A thousand times better if that purpose is seeing kids laugh so hard like the girls in the picture above.
This is the work of well known Spanish group Basurama, which has turned the ruins of an abandoned project for an electric train in Lima, Peru, into an amusement park. Many more pics inside.
Lima's Old Electric Train Ruins and the 'Ghost Train' Park
It's one of Lima's most unusual spaces: a set of structures that were going to be the railways of an electric train. In 1986, the project was dropped and the construction was left as-it-was.
For years, these concrete columns and pass ways 'adorned' Lima's landscape with no purpose, until this February.
The old structure.
Spanish group Basurama, known for projects like the 'You are what you drop' installation, thought this was an amazing place to make an urban intervention and came up with an amusement park.
The Ghost Train park features amazing bright colors and games made with recycled materials such as car tires, a canopy line, swings and climbing structures. All free of charge for kids, young people, and adults.
A mom pushing a swing in the park.
Kids using the horse swing.
Boy playing with the canopy line.
In a video interview, Ruben Lorenzo, from Basurama, says:
"This is a way to celebrate these public spaces in a way that's good for the people from this neighborhood. We believe this infrastructure is an opportunity for action and for generating encounters, energy and opportunity for people."
"Public spaces in Lima sometimes generate insecurity and are besieged by car horns, we want to show that there's also room for people, and that we have to claim that."
A general view of the park games.
A view of the park in context with the city.
The swings from above.
Grannys can have fun at the park too!
As a group, Basurama has been working with the subject of trash for more than ten years, generating spaces and installations that make us reflect about what we throw away.
They've worked in several cities of Latin America, including Buenos Aires and Cordoba (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Mexico city (Mexico), among others.
More on the group at their website: www.basurama.org
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