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These Photos Reveal the Guts of Those Massive Cooling Towers

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If you drive around in industrial areas, you may have noticed massive cooling towers across the landscape, the tall, open-topped, cylindrical concrete towers that are used for cooling water or condensing steam for industrial uses.

While the outside of these structures may be a familiar sight, what the towers look like on the inside isn’t as widely known.

Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde decided to show the world what the guts of these structures look like, taking his camera into cooling towers across Europe. He visited both active towers and decommissioned ones slated for demolition.

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“The interior of cooling towers yield astonishing vistas, grand and impressive,” Van de Velde tells PetaPixel. “I approached these objects as landscapes. Searching for patterns, sense of scale, repetition, and disruption, rendering landscapes within.”

“One thing that fascinates me extremely is the fact that not a single cooling tower is the same”, he continues. “Each and every one of them has a unique interior design and build! They all look the same from the exterior, but with each visit to a new cooling tower I’m always surprised by a different interior, time and time again.”

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You can find more of Van de Velde’s work on his website, and you can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram.


Image credits: Photographs by Reginald Van de Velde and used with permission

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