Inside and on Top of the Divine Lorraine with Lies and Get Up
So I’ve been hearing about people sneaking into the Divine Lorraine, one of Philadelphia’s most iconic, albeit completely left for shit, historic old buildings, for quite a but of time. I heard about awkward interactions with the understandably aggressive homeless people that reside there. And I’ve even heard of someone falling through the floor, which has holes and gaps nearly everywhere you look, and breaking a leg. But, nevertheless, the idea of going in and climbing to the top intrigued me. I mean, for one, God knows I love a little adventure.
Either way, I was really excited this past weekend when two of my favorite street artists, Lies and Get Up, invited me along for a trip to the top. The two were looking for someone to help them shoot a little flyer for their upcoming “An announcement of Art for 2012” at Rogues Gallery Bar on February 22nd, and I couldn’t help but say yes. (Check out the flyer after the jump.)
I have to say, while we didn’t encounter any annoyed homeless people, and no one fell through the floor, it was seriously one of the more scary experiences I’ve had recently. Aside from walking through the pitch dark corridors that looked like the Titanic — after it sank — watching out for gaps in the floor, all while stepping over God knows what. We arrived at the slanted roof covered in a slick rain as a mix of snow and sleet began to pour. Yeah, probably a bad idea in retrospect, but we were, obviously, very careful, and despite a mild fear of heights, I crawled across the roof the best I could to get the best shots — what a photographer!
— Streets Dept (@StreetsDept) February 16, 2012
Anyway, I took a shit ton of photos. To see more, CLICK HERE—>