The balneological hospital of Druskinnikai in Lithuania, designed by A. and R. Silinskas was built in 1976-81. Having served for merely 20 years, it was shut down and destoyed in 2005, to be replaced by a (probably more) profitable water-amusement park.
Photograph: Nicolas Grospierre
Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion.
Taken for the U.S. government by photographer Benjamin Halpern, the particular images seen here show the central pyramid—pyramid, obelisk, monument, megastructure: whatever you want to call it—that served as the site’s missile control building. Like the eye of Sauron crossed with Giza, it looks in all directions, its all-seeing white circles staring endlessly at invisible airborne objects across the horizon.
Horae physicae Berolinenses ; by Ehrenberg, Christian Gottfried, 1795-1876 Guimpel, Friedrich, b. 1774- Link, Heinrich Friedrich, 1767-1851 Marcus, Adolphi. Nees von Esenbeck, Christian Gottfried Daniel, 1776-1858 Sturm, Jakob, 1771-1848 on Flickr.
Publication info Bonnae :Adolphi Marcus,1820.
Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library