October 6, 2011
Photos via Twisted Sifter
We recently came across this extraordinary photo of the submerged clock tower of Lake Reschen, an artificial lake in Italy near the Austrian border. The clock tower is the surviving relic of one of several villages that were submerged in 1939 when the Montecatini company (now Edison Energia) designed and built a new 72-foot deep lake to unify two natural lakes. As we learned from Reddit, a total of 163 homes and 1290 acres of cultivated land were submerged in the process. More after the jump.
The lone structure of a fourteenth-century church tower leaves a powerful image of civilization overcome by nature, though in this case, man has manipulated nature. The photo reminded us of an experimental video called “Paris Underwater,” in which filmmakers Olivier Campagne and Vivien Balzi imagine the city of Paris inundated with water, showing captivating footage of the cultural capital in an eerie, derelict state.
And lest we forget the Flooded McDonald’s of 2009, in which the Danish group Superflex submerged their “life-sized replica” of a McDonald’s in water for over 20 minutes.