What Was Once Lost Can Be Found..
When you don't catch me selling Geek Squad Protection on your electronic devices you can bet that I'm urban exploring and jumping around my city. I am always in the search for some abandoned places around my city and we have a lot here. There's one in particular and in the urban community it's called, Cement Land.
Cement land is in the northern city limits of St. Louis and is in an industrial plant that's beside the MISSISSIPPI rIVER. dRIVING ALONG SIDE THE FENCE WITH A "NO TRESPASSING" SIGN THAT SEEMS TO GRABBED MOST PEOPLE ATTENTIONS. tHE PLANT CLOSED DOWN IN THE LATE 1970'S AND construction companies have been dumping thousands of truck loads of dirt which standing on top will give you a good view of the 54-acre site. Nothing stands out more than the 250-foot smokestack and a row of silos. If you go in and look a lot deeper you will notice that this place has so much beauty and potential.
A man named Bob Cassilly noticed Cement Land and in 2000 and seen the abandoned buildings, the piles of dirt, and the untamed weeds and had a thought to buy this place and turn it into a cement-themed adventure park where you can do all the things you're not supposed to do!
Cassilly, a sculptor, had a lot of out-there ideas but they weren't just fantasies. He bought an old shoe factory in Downtown which is about fifteen minutes away and added caves, a 10-story slide, a rooftop ferris wheel, a ball pit, and a massive jungle gym made from old airplanes and a fire truck. The city Museum opened to the public in 1997 and now attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. Cassilly's plan for the cement site -- Cement land he called it which where it got it's name. His target for Cement Land was to build a castle, climbable pyramids, water slides, and a feild of animal sculputres mixed with old factory machines. Cassilly thought about putting spiral staircase around the giant smoke stack so people could climb to the top and throw rocks off from it.
Unfortunately, on September 26th, 2011 Cement Land became nothing but a promise to be yet filled, as Cassilly was found dead on the site from what appeared his bulldozer having tumbled down a hill in a freak accident, he was 61. - R.I.P. iN 2000 cASSILLY GAVE HIS ANSWER TO THE rIVERFRONT tIMES WHEN ASKED HE RESPONDS TO THE STANDARD American SMALL-TALK QUESTION, "WHAT DO YOU DO?". iF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON cEMENT lAND, VISIT aTLAS oBSCURA FOR MORE DETAILS.
If You're Afraid to Fall, You Fall Because You're Afraid. Everything Is Choice.
You can literally spend all day at Cement Land, so if you do go make sure to go early as you can to experience everything it has to offer. I personally have been here several times and every time is a different adventure! The place does have 54 acres so there's plenty to do. I always take an entire day here to explore the roofs of abandoned buildings, the factories and one of my favorites the large area in a warehouse of some sort where it looked like Cassilly was building the castles. I don't know about anyone else but if you know me then you probably know that I'm the biggest big kid you'll ever know! This place brings me so much joy and curiosity! I am all over this place, when Cassilly mentioned visioning this place where you can do things you shouldn't do, well climb the smokestack and throw a rock from it! Seeing Cement Land in that perspective is just amazing.
There Is A Difference, Between Having Powers and Having Precision.
So roughly a week ago some friends and I were talking about doing a shoot inspired by the local T.V. station The CW featuring Green Arrow or the show casting Steven Amell as Arrow/AKA Oliver Queen. I think the show is super legit and a fan. So Robert Healy and I were wanting to get a shoot together and his girlfriend, Kylie Blechle was Harley Quinn for Halloween - So we did a mash up! I already was overwhelmed of the possible locations for this kind of shoot, but since we were expecting rain on that day I chose Cement Land considering we had shelter if we needed it. If you go during Missouri's spring, summer and fall seasons you can get that forestry -- abandoned island look with the large pools of water where you would see Arrow or an archer. If you liked the photos please go give some love to Robert and Kylie.
With the vintage and broken down look that Cement Land offers is a perfect place to do a Harley Quinn, a fictional supervillain appearing in the DC comic books. Considering the place is filled with graffit, it's very dusty, muddy, dark and rusty where Harley would be hiding out from the Batman, another fictional character. It took me a good while to get to editing the photos after a week or two but the final piece is just amazing. I feel the photos turned out great, and just how Robert and Kylie imagined. If you think the photos came out great, please take a look at my services and lets book a shoot.
Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri