Yuzhong VII, Chongqing, China, 2011
Shepherd’s Bush IV, London, Great Britain, 2014
In cities across the world, the sight of concrete flyovers has become something of a normality – a testament to modern living. In her latest project Skies of Concrete, Vienna-based photographer Gisela Erlacher has turned her lens on these brutalist structures which have come to dominate the urban landscape. Visiting countries the world over, as well as focusing on her home territory of Austria, Erlacher also found these flyovers appearing in rural regions. They cross rivers, playgrounds, horse paddocks, and in parts of the Alps they’ve even been transformed into high rope courses. In one image, a restaurant sits tucked in the crevice of a bridge illuminated by little electric lights, in another a couple of men recline in deck chairs as if at the beach, enclosed on all sides by the concrete pillars supporting the highway.
In all these places Erlacher uncovers the similarities that exist in these ‘non-spaces’ and the way in which people adapt to the intruding blocks of concrete, clinging onto what is theirs. Meanwhile streams of life pass overhead, unseen cars and pedestrians aloft and disconnected from the activity on the ground beneath them.