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Concorida Reclaimed

The story of the Titanic has burned itself forever into the public consciousness of our generation. Not only is it a terrible tragedy, but it’s also come to stand for human arrogance and hubris; reminding us of our incompetence in the face of uncaring nature. Given the fame of the Titanic you’d think we’d learn from our mistakes and prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. You’d be wrong.

The Costa Concoria  was the largest Italian passenger ship of its time. Weighing in at 114,500 tons it was designed as a lavish floating paradise and had multiple tennis courts and swimming pools, over a dozen bars, a movie theater, and even a casino. However on Jan. 13 of 2012 the ship struck an “underwater rock obstruction” and sank. 32 people died and the ship was abandoned by its captain (who later went on to face criminal charges).

And so the Costa Concoria sat at the bottom on the ocean just outside of Tuscany for years. In 2014 a salvage company was given the rights to the ship and they floated it to the surface using a method called parbuckling. Now for the first time images of ship have been released. It looks like nature didn’t hesitate to move in.

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You can see how quickly saltwater corrodes or weakens almost everything it touches

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The entire ceiling has been taken over by sea plants that could easily have been designed by HR Giger.

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It’s the meeting of mans’ industry and nature’s adaptability.

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So many rusted slot machines.

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Here’s one up close.

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And all the missing casino chips. They’d make cool souvenirs but you might have trouble cashing them in.

Two years underwater has done a number on the vessel. In a way it’s hauntingly beautiful and serves as a stark reminder that no matter what we build, nature will reclaim it sooner or later.

These images are all property of Jonathan Danko Kielkowski and appear in his book Concordia which can be purchased here.

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