Permanence: Part One




Permanence: Part One

A site specific photography installation
Created by Nathan Kensinger
March 2017 – September 2019

Permanence: Part One was a photography installation inside the S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse, an abandoned warehouse that was built on the Gowanus Canal in 1886. Each photograph documented a historic industrial landmark on Brooklyn’s waterfront that was demolished during the past decade. These photographs, left exposed to the elements, faded, crumbled and were destroyed along with the building that housed them. After years of abandonment, the owners of the Bowne warehouse were in the process of illegally demolishing the building in 2018, when it was burned by arsonists. In 2019, the gutted building was completely demolished.

Permanence: Part One is part of an ongoing series of site-specific installations by the artist that engage with visible and invisible artifacts from the American industrial era. These works install photographs and other documentation on historic industrial structures, in installations that are both temporary and permanent. They mark the sites of forgotten monuments that, if they had survived, would have told the story of our current civilization.

  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2021