Nature expresses its power in rather unique ways when it meets structures made and abandoned by man. Part manmade and part natural, these once-vital structures have been taken back by nature, oddly expressing itself in an ironic and almost otherworldly manner. Over time, natural rhythms often act slowly to reclaim what man had built. Other times, a cataclysmic event wreaks a sudden, profound change, leaving no doubt about the true balance of power when humans elect to stand back from objects they had made and once used.
The New World Shopping Mall in Bangkok, Thailand, was condemned back in 1999. A fire took out the mall’s roof a few years after that, allowing monsoon rains to flood several floors of the massive structure. Left alone, the standing water would act as a breeding ground for insects and mosquitoes in particular, leaving the area vulnerable to insect-borne diseases. To preclude this, local authorities stocked the flooded areas with catfish and koi to control their spread. The fish took to their new surroundings, multiplying and turning the mall into one of the world’s magical places: an urban fish pond.
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