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Echoes of Consumerism

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 18 December 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

If memory serves correctly, then I've read about lost shopping malls in Douglas Coupland's Life After God for the first time. Usually this is a busy place, but at the end of a Sunday opening this place looked rather abandoned. A very unusual sight.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

But you are at the 'prosperous' tip of the 'zone ! In Greece, even the windows are empty. Of glass.

18 Dec 2011 9:34am

@Ronnie 2¢: Trust me, it often doesn't feel like so. Sure, the shelves are filled, but try to find a peculiar thing, or just something in a different colour or in better quality. The choice of products didn't get better while the prices went up. It's astonishing how many people have money without the need of working for it, though. I was never that lucky.

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Looks lovely

18 Dec 2011 3:04pm

@Mirjam: At that peculiar moment it was okay. :-) But at normal shopping times this is a race track filled with consumerismic monsters.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Gorgeous photo, it looks upper scale and beautiful !

18 Dec 2011 5:48pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: The typical photo for architecture presentations: everything is beautiful and quiet. But it's like in these car advertisements: the streets are never that empty.

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Wow! this looks like you got an early morning invite to come shopping, but then in some fictitious twist you are made to stay and work - kinda like an alternate universe. It does show the nice circles on the floor matching with the circular part of the ceiling.

18 Dec 2011 11:39pm

@Christine Walsh: They're keeping it clean, no doubt! This was taken at the end of an open Sunday shopping, a rather rare chance. I've never seen that mall as empty as this before.