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Abandoned Giant

Joan McCracken Thomas / Uncategorized  / Abandoned Giant

Abandoned Giant

I like old, abandoned structures & this one really touched me & so I painted it! It’s in the middle of nowhere (yes, a very rural area of NJ!) & you hear birds chirping & cows mooing & see the wild vegetation taking over. This is the Paulinskill Viaduct, originally built by a railroad & later abandoned due to declining train traffic. It continues to delight & surprise hikers & bikers, who can approach it via local rail trails. In 1910 when it was built, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world & was nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” This was one of my most challenging paintings & it was hard to get the arches right! 

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