A macabre pleasure of the Llobregat valley over the past few years has being able to walk into the factories and workshops of this once great manufacturing zone as they close. The non-fixed assets are worthless, industrial space is not exactly at a premium, so why bother with human or canine vigilantes?
Officially on a variant of this Montserrat walk, we found time to have a look at Acuabase SA of Olesa, which provided processing and finishing services to textile manufacturers in Manresa, Igualada, Terrassa, Esparraguera etc until the money ran out in, I think, summer 2009.
The interior is Marie Celeste sacked by the Goths. Athough the youth have clearly looked in, the gypsy rag traders and African metal detectors have yet to arrive, and so a collection was made of sample and pattern books, and several rolls of cloth were acquired for informal export. The chemicals were left to their own devices, and the boiler was simply too heavy. A substantial number of "Made in Italy" finished garments was a reminder of the large-scale and continuing fraud in denominations of origin for a variety of goods, of which olive oil ("Italy" = Spain, Greece, Turkey etc) is the best-known.
The guy who should have been taking the photos is Ferran Giménez, who, working out of a studio in Sants, Barcelona, has captured urban decay in Spain far better than anyone else I know of.
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