Creepy comes in all shapes and sizes.
An eerie silence hangs in the air. Even the wind seems to have died down to nothing. It’s dark inside the old factory, and cool in spite of the heat outside. Hundreds of molds and casts are stacked against the wall, over tables and on shelves, almost attractive in their ramshackle regularity. In contrast, the limbs, heads and bodies strewn around the dilapidated space are creepy – almost macabre – as if the stricken figures have been victims of dissection. Or butchery.
There are not many people who would jump at the opportunity to investigate an abandoned doll factory – especially at night – because such a place is as unnerving as it sounds. Armchair urban explorers, however, should definitely get their money’s worth.
Furniture, masks and musical instruments were also to be found among the dolls’ bodies when the photographer explored the place, with the upper floors packed to bursting with discarded molds and the like.
One man took time to warn potential visitors not to visit the building, citing his fears about a potential curse.
“Do not enter the factory, seriously, I took a doll’s head and a box … and I had to return it,” he says. “Now that site gives me a strong anxiety has something, there have been rituals.”
Bisque dolls were at the peak of their popularity between 1860 and 1900. Made in France and Germany, they were originally intended as fashion items, created to represent adult women and adorned with wigs made from mohair or human hair. These porcelain pieces experienced a revival in the 1980s and are still popular with collectors, though production has since moved to China.
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