Milan-based artist and ad man Daniele Del Nero’s series of photographs and models, titled After Effects, is comprised of architectural models constructed out of black paper, dampness, flour, patience, and mold. According to Del Nero’s artist statement: “My purpose is to talk about the sense of time and destiny of the planet after the human species, through the sense of restlessness which abandoned buildings are able to communicate.” It’s all very “There Will Come Soft Rains” and, well, it’s downright pleasant to meditate on organic decay and technological loneliness when gazing at Del Nero’s post-human scale models via the snaky wires.
Del Nero recently confided to Wired: “I’ve always been fascinated by old ruined buildings, but I suddenly started to think about how to reproduce in small scaled the particular sensation of being in a lonely, abandoned place. We are used to imagining our cities as permanent and definitive, but it’s amazing how little time it takes for nature to reclaim its spaces.”
Several of Del Nero’s models are currently on display at Studio 44 Gallery in Genoa. But feel free to peruse his post-human vision from the comfort of your own home.