Graffiti And Decay At The Nelson Road Water Treatment Plant

August 10th, 2011

The Nelson Road Water Treatment Plant (located off of Highway 670 in Bexley) was built in the 1940′s and had been long-since abandoned when it was finally demolished earlier this year. After it was shutdown, the plant was transformed into a beautifully haunting destination for graffiti artists and urban explorers. (18 Photos)

The water tank at the Nelson Road Water Plant is filled with rain water.
The Nelson Road Water Plant in October, 2010, long after it was closed. The water plant, which has now been reduced to rubble, sat alongside the Alum Creek Multi-Use trail and Highway 670 on the east side of Columbus. (Photo by: Steven B. Heselden)
The rooms inside the Nelson Road Water Plant were covered in graffiti.
The rooms inside the now demolished Nelson Road Water Plant were covered in graffiti. Over the years, these images and etchings morphed the walls of the rooms inside of the abandoned plant. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)
The second floor of the Nelson Road Water Plant building.
The second floor of the Nelson Road Water Plant building. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)
The rusted stairwell was covered in graffiti inside the Nelson Road Water Plant.
The rusted stairwell inside the Nelson Road Water Plant. (March, 2009). (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)
Graffiti covered stairwell inside the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Taken just over a year after the last photo, this photo of the rusted stairwell inside the Nelson Road Water Plant in October 2010, shows just how impermanent the graffiti was; it was constantly being covered over. (Photo by: Steven B. Heselden)
The ceiling of a large closed dry tank at what used to be the Nelson Road Water Plant.
The ceiling of a large closed (dry) tank at the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)
Graffiti at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Graffiti covers virtually every available surface at the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris )
Graffitti on the interior walls of the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Graffitti on the interior walls of the Nelson Road Water Plant. Visitors to the site remarked that at any given time some of the graffiti paint on the inside and outside the building looked freshly painted. (Photo by: It's Tea)
Graffiti covers the outside of an old water tank at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Graffiti on the outside of an old water tank at the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: It's Tea)
Looking down into the (empty) tank at the now demolished Nelson Road Water Plant.
Looking down into the (empty) tank at the Nelson Road Water Plant. In some photos taken of the plant over the last few years, this tank appears filled or frozen, in others, it's empty. (Photo by: Marty Myers)
A close-up shot of the woman graffitied on to the interior walls of one of the Nelson Road Water Plant.
A close-up shot of a woman painted on an interior wall of the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: Joseph L. Harris)
Graffitti at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Graffitti at Nelson Road Water Plant. On the right, you can make out the tag "Gerl" (Photo by: It's Tea)
One of the rooms at the Nelson Road Water Plant. A view of the graffiti tags that line the walls at a distance.
One of the large interior rooms at the Nelson Road Water Plant. The walls are almost completely covered with graffiti. (Photo by: Steven B. Heselden)
Graffiti covered wall inside the Nelson Road Water Plant, with the graffiti artist tag name RILLA prominent.
Graffiti covered wall inside the Nelson Road Water Plant, with the tag RILLA prominent. (Photo by: Renee Needham)
Graffiti art with the tag name RILLA covers this wall in this wall inside the Nelson Road Water Plant.
The tag or graffiti artist RILLA covers this wall inside of the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: Renee Needham)
Graffitti on an interior wall at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Abandoned paint cans litter the floor through much of the building's abandoned interior. (Photo by: It's Tea)
Graffiti covers the interior wall of a room at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
Graffiti covers one of the large interior walls at the Nelson Road Water Plant as high as the artists can reach. (Photo by: Renee Needham)
Graffiti covers the interior wall of a room at the Nelson Road Water Plant.
A doorway reveals another graffiti covered room at the Nelson Road Water Plant. (Photo by: Renee Needham )
  • FeMo

    amazing talent!

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