Smashed glass and decaying cages reveal dark past of animal testing facility
Eerie photos of an old animal testing facility in Italy are as unsettling as you would expect.
Urban-obsessed photographer and ICT manager, 29-year-old Roman, from the Netherlands visited the abandoned animal testing facility.
Roman said: “The location had a horrible mood inside and I didn’t really enjoy my time there.
“It was very sad to see the cages for example where animals must have suffered horribly.
“About five years ago the last employees that worked here, left. The company was bought by a Swiss giant in the industry and they decided to move the facility.
“The site this facility was built on was rented and the new owners did not renew the contract. That caused the buildings to become derelict since there was no actual owner anymore.
“The land is partly poisoned and is not getting cleansed anytime soon. A year or two after the facility closed, a fire emerged.”The fire caused an acrid smell in the area. Firefighters were soon on the site and found evidence that the fire was most certainly deliberately started.
“Luckily enough they managed to secure the fire pretty fast due to their early arrival. They had to check the complete building since rumour was spreading the building was occupied by refugees.
“Local residents also repeatedly called the police because they had seen kids wandering around. Serious damage or accidents were prevented.
“This chemical site was enormous. I only found one of the buildings on the site interesting enough to photograph though.
“It’s where they used to have their animal testing facility. A lot of stuff was still there. I found an autopsy or operating table, medical equipment, lamps, an autoclave and even a ‘glove box’ which is the orange box.
“There was a lot of glass and other debris lying around. It’s hard to imagine but this was probably caused by kids playing here and for example throwing rocks through the windows.
“I had to be careful where I put my feet.
“While processing the photos at home I try to feel what I was feeling when taking the photo. This usually reflects in my processing.
“That’s most likely why this is a rather dark set with not a lot of colour in it, while I usually process images rather bright and colourful.
“I was amazed by the massive size of the complex and surprised by the amount of vandalism. It also surprised me how easy it was to get into considering what went on here.”