Johnny Joo
  • Cleveland photographer Johnny Joo visited the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. in November to photograph the former NFL stadium which was sold at auction back in 2009.
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  • Joo says that he picked up photography as a teenager around the same time that he began exploring abandoned structures, and he has a forthcoming book titled, “Empty Spaces” scheduled for publication by Deeds Publishing in 2015.
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  • The Silverdome, built in 1975, played host to Super Bowl XVI in 1982, World Cup matches in 1994 and hosted special events after the Detroit Lions moved to Ford Field in 2002.
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  • In June of 2014, the owners of the structure held a two-day auction that ESPN reports sold off copper wiring, pretzel warmers, turf end zones and 25 entire bathrooms. Seats were sold for as little as $100 apiece.
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  • Joo writes, "where water damage has invited its way into the carpet, a brand new, bright green carpet of moss has begun a natural installation."
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  • Bottles and pitchers that have been tagged with an auction lot number sit on a former bar.
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  • Bottles of condiments sit on a pile of debris.
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  • A cash drawer sits on the moss-covered floor of a former restaurant.
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  • Some rooms in the stadium have been cleared of most of their contents.
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  • A staircase remains gated off.
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  • Joo tells ABC News that he had been interested in exploring the stadium for some time.
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  • Elvis Presley performed at the Silverdome on New Year's Eve in 1975.
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  • The building's current owner, Triple Investment Group, liquidated part of the building's infrastructure along with Lions' memorabilia.
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  • Joo is currently working on a project called “From Ohio To Oregon” which will take him across country as he and a partner exhibit work and seek out new subjects.
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  • To see more of Johnny Joo’s work, check out his website at <a href="http://architecturalafterlife.com/" target="external">architecturalafterlife.com</a>.
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