The Beauty Of Minefield Landscapes

3flowersWill the landmines that were sprinkled across vast swaths of the globe during brutal twentieth-century wars ironically end up saving nature? In Bosnia, “nowhere [in the countryside] is safe” from mines — meaning that animals and plants can flourish where people fear to tread. BLDG BLOG has a gallery of gorgeous mine-infested landscapes and the horrifying devices buried beneath the surfaces:

The Minescape project by Los Angeles-based photographer Brett Van Ort looks at the ironic effects of landmines on the preservation of natural landscapes, placing woods, meadows, and even remote country roads off-limits, fatally tainted terrains given back to animals and vegetation.

“Left over munitions and landmines from the wars in the early 1990s still litter the countryside in Bosnia,” Van Ort explains. Many deminers in the field believe roughly 10% of the country can still be deemed a landmine area. They also feel that nowhere in the countryside is safe, as they may clear one area but a torrential downpour may unearth landmines upstream or upriver. While visiting the landscapes himself, Van Ort adds, “some people told me not to walk into nature at all.”

The photographs seen here juxtapose shots of natural landscapes considered safe—that is, free of landmines—with portraits of the mines once buried there

The project closes with a particularly dark observation: “I see the idea of hand-placed landmines protecting the natural setting and allowing the environment to regenerate itself as an ironic twist on our inability to conserve and see into the future.”

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  • simple minded

    thats kool

  • simple minded

    thats kool

  • Heath

    So that’s how I get a lush green landscape with wild flowers. I’ve been doing it wrong for so many years.

    This is just dumb..People lose their lives or limbs every year to landmine or munitions that didn’t detonate.  Places like Vietnam are still getting casualties and have to manually search and remove them.

    I get it though..Do what I say or lose a limb, sounds like a dog on a lawn issue. :P

  • Heath

    So that’s how I get a lush green landscape with wild flowers. I’ve been doing it wrong for so many years.

    This is just dumb..People lose their lives or limbs every year to landmine or munitions that didn’t detonate.  Places like Vietnam are still getting casualties and have to manually search and remove them.

    I get it though..Do what I say or lose a limb, sounds like a dog on a lawn issue. :P

    • bombastic

      if they dont go into the affected areas they wont lose their limbs. If they want to reclaim the area they have to do careful  work to disinfect the areas. War is not good for anyone but having nature flourish in those areas is a silver lining. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      People in the ‘Nam still get cancer and birth defects from agent orange.

  • bombastic

    if they dont go into the affected areas they wont lose their limbs. If they want to reclaim the area they have to do careful  work to disinfect the areas. War is not good for anyone but having nature flourish in those areas is a silver lining. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    People in the ‘Nam still get cancer and birth defects from agent orange.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Rather ironic, one of the most devious weapons in industrialized warfare preventing “development”. There must be some sort of trickster god/godess.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i always thought coyote, raven, grandfather spider, fox, monkey and tanuki worked in mysterious ways…

  • Anarchy Pony

    Rather ironic, one of the most devious weapons in industrialized warfare preventing “development”. There must be some sort of trickster god/godess.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Rather ironic, one of the most devious weapons in industrialized warfare preventing “development”. There must be some sort of trickster god/godess.

  • kiran

    look at Chernobyl or Bhopals Union Carbide site, they became natural preserves

  • http://twitter.com/lalithadithya Telangana Reporter

    look at Chernobyl or Bhopals Union Carbide site, they became natural preserves

  • smendler

    Bruce Sterling refers to “Involuntary Parks” – those places like Chrnobyl and Love Canal – and now Fukushima, I suppose – where humans have been forced to retreat by their own excesses.  Here are more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smendler Skip Mendler

    Bruce Sterling refers to “Involuntary Parks” – those places like Chrnobyl and Love Canal – and now Fukushima, I suppose – where humans have been forced to retreat by their own excesses.  Here are more.

  • Mzwza

    my only question is how is the land given back to the animals?  I would think that they would blow up if they stepped on them just like humans.  Or do animals have a land mine sense like thier earthquake sense?

    • Jin The Ninja

      lol that was my reaction as well…it would be like bambi the apocalypse now redux….
      or perhaps “Guinea Pig 8: Little Bits of Bambi”….

  • Mzwza

    my only question is how is the land given back to the animals?  I would think that they would blow up if they stepped on them just like humans.  Or do animals have a land mine sense like thier earthquake sense?

  • Jin Onikoroshi

    lol that was my reaction as well…it would be like bambi the apocalypse now redux….
    or perhaps “Guinea Pig 8: Little Bits of Bambi”….

  • Jin Onikoroshi

    i always thought coyote, raven, grandfather spider, fox, monkey and tanuki worked in mysterious ways…

  • Simiantongue

    Please stay off the grass… or else.

  • Simiantongue

    Please stay off the grass… or else.

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