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The Ruhr district has arisen and grown by the coal mines as the most important energy supplier for the reconstruction after the war. Thousands of workers came with her families here. There were enough work and apartments. How early settlements were built around a castle, the Ruhr district grew around its coal mines. Today, only a few mines are still operating and some winding towers, some of them are made to industry monuments, show of the former "coal factories".
|Date and time:||12.29.2003, 11:18 am|
|Site:||Germany, Bochum-Stahlhausen, Jahrhunderthalle|
|Kite:||Flow-Form # 1 and later FF # 2|
|Kiteline:||Poliester, 2 mm|
|Wind:||First 5 - 6 m/s, later 3.5 - 4 m/s, from west.|
|Camera:||Canon A70, 2048 x 1536, fine|
|Number:||507 pictures, 374,9 MB|
|I have already seen photos of the century hall in many books and leaflets. Of course I was much more interested for the two water-towers than at this, from outside very simple hall. On 12-30-2003 I had a day of vacation between the holidays and used this day to look at the towers and the hall. At first I have run around the whole area and the hall and have made some photos of the area with the D30 and had a look at possibly KAP motives.|
The century hall in Bochum,
At first the weather wasn't good, the wind was with approx. 5 -6 m/s all right, but the sky was completely coveredly. But now I was here and have gone back to the car again to fetch the KAP equipment.
Besonders die "abgerissenen" Rohre auf
der Hinterseite der Halle haben mich beeindruckt.
the area lay a little more deeply behind the hall, it was here very
difficultly to get the Flow Form # 1 into the air. A framed kite
should be fundamentally suitable better here. I must wait for a gust
of wind again and again and carry out several starts till I could
bring the FF#1 so highly into a proper wind that it flew. As the kite
then was in the air, it flew very save and I could make the photos
behind the hall.
I was particularly impresses by the "ragged" pipes.
century hall was built as exhibition hall of the "Bochumer Verein"
for a trade exhibition of Düsseldorf. After the exhibition it was
dismantled again and rebuilt at its present location and been of use
as a blast hall for the blast furnaces there.
The hall served different purposes after the last blast furnace was shut down end of the sixties like store or as a workshop building. For the international building exhibition "Emscher park" they restored the century hall and made culture and sports events there. The front part of the hall was added in 2003 and forms the foyer for the old century hall.
|When I had made my photos behind the hall, I wanted already to drive home. But the weather had changed totally. The clouds had gone and the sky was steel-blue. The wind only blew with a speed of approx. 3.5 to 4 m/s, so I could use the big Flow Form Kite and have made quite a number of photos in the front area of the hall.|
|Particularly Interesting I find here the two steel tanks on the steel towers. Both were water-towers in the past.|
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