Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal beauty.
The models in Lapid’s series, titled Broken Houses, are actually made from photos of abandoned structures in North Dakota. By reconstructing the buildings in three dimensions, Lapid is able to breathe new life into the haunting images of rural decay.