Its been a busy week, so this is my first post in a few days……I decided I’m going with the unconventional approach on todays photo challenge – fall. The Iconic Cape Town cooling towers stood large and proud on the outskirts of the City since they were built in the early 50’s. Undoubtedly an Icon, they would have been seen by many vistors to the City as they were located alongside the motorway to and from the City and the Airport. They had been decommissioned a while ago, and remained in place. Numerous options for converting the towers into something different were mooted, but nothing ever materialised. Anyway, the City announced sometime last year that the towers had become structurally unstable, and were destined to be imploded. It was a highly publicised event with thosands arriving to witness the “FALL” of the two towers affectionately known as the “two ladies of Athlone”.
The removal of these towers would obviously change the landscape of the area around it forever, imagine what it would be like if you relied on the towers for orientation, and they were not there anymore. The day of the implosion arrived soon enough and like many others, keen to get some shots of the implosion. Some anticipated the crowds and brought along various items to stand on to get a better view, I even noticed a few ladders.
It was a rather grey overcast day, quite blustery too, and uncomfortably cold, almost as though the weather gods were protesting at the removal of the landmark “ladies”. In a final act of protest, the heavens opened up with a shower of rain literally minutes before the scheduled implosion…….and while everybody scrambled for raincoats, and umbrellas, in the process of jostling for a better position……..there was a bizarre twist…..the implosion was triggered 3.5 minutes earlier……with many missing the moment. Eight seconds later, the “ladies” stood no more, and all that was left was pile of concrete rubble.
A year later, the neighbouring facebrick buildings still stand derelict, visitors to the City still drive past the site, totally oblivious of the fact that a pair of “ladies” stood there for over 50 years until the City decided they should “FALL”……………the journey continues……………..