Guns and Graffiti

August 6, 2017

 

 

 

Fort Whetherill in Jamestown RI is as cool as it is scary. The solid concrete barriers that once housed some serious artillery are bright and hot on the outside and cold and dark on the inside. All the grounds and every wall now have some sort of graffiti tag, trash or rusted mount on it. It's a display of two different sentiments during two different times with similarities that come in the form of human expression; one of defense and one of rebellion (although if we go back to the Revolutionary War then both would've been forms of rebellion, right?).

 

 

 

With rumors of it being haunted the bunker was originally called Fort Dumpling during the Revolutionary War and it's been a part of the our militaries' harbor defenses since the countries' infancy all the way up to the end of WWII. Now it's a canvas for graffiti artists and party spot for local teens.

 

It makes  one think of how different the times are. A place that was once held vulnerable to attack or a vantage point to invading forces is now, well, just a hang-out.

 

That big gun at the top of the page is called a disappearing gun because its carriage allowed it's massive recoil to disappear after it fired its massive shell. Kelly and I watched YouTube videos of similar guns firing and they were cool AF. 

 

 The place goes underground and surprisingly enough we didn't think to bring flashlights so we didn't venture too far. We thought of how much ammunition was once stored here and now the damp grounds are littered with all kinds of stuff. There's passage ways with some pretty cool tags on it too but they were too dark to venture down (yes I'm a pussy when it comes to that stuff). The cool breeze that coasted through the inner walls was chilling to the point of feeling like something else or someone else was there which is why I'm sure there's rumors of it being haunted.

 

 Kelly being the explorer wanted to get the views from everywhere including the rock faces from the steep hills of the coastline. I wouldn't let her go down too far (like I said I'm a pussy). It would definitely be a difficult spot to invade and it makes me wonder how, strategically what invading countries would do to go about it. And from a defense perspective I guess this would be the hardest spot to overtake which is why thy'd put such powerful artillery that  can reach miles here.

 

 It's kind of crazy how a place that was once a show of force, a fortress of weaponry that would taunt any adversary with its powerful artillery and strategic high-ground is now overtaken by bushes and spray-paint.

It's herd to decipher if it's a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand it's great that we feel secure on the coast and as of right now there's not enough threat to our coast for us to start mobilizing our military to defense points on the mainland. On the other it begs a question: "have we become too complacent?" or "are more people living in peace now?"

 

 

 Regardless how we stand now as a society now what hasn't changed is our thirst to express ourselves. Whether it be a form of spray-on  rebellion...

...a knock-out blow...

 

 ...or just innocent fun with a camera...

 ...our expressions derive from the sentiments of our times and the sentiments of our hearts. There's always two roads and they always boarder on safety and freedom; on reality and dreams, different times but the same instincts. Let's drink to that...

 

 

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