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The Rubber Duck Factory

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last week Jesi, and Samira came up from Columbus to spend the day exploring Cleveland with me. I was racking my brain all week, trying to decided which places I knew of in the area would be perfect to take Jesi. We both prefer spots with things still left in them so that's what I was really going for. I mapped out four fun spots. Our first stop would be the rubber duck factory.

It's not actually a rubber duck factory at all. But I'm the sure pictures below will be able to give you some indication as to why its called that by other local explorers. It's a large building, most likely used as some sort of warehouse. Now it's filled with colorful graffiti, broken pallets, oodles of paperwork, and obviously rubber duckies. In a few rooms the roof has caved in. The building has very clearly seen better days and my guess would be that there's no saving it now. Its in rough shape. 
This was my third time visiting the building. The first time I visited this building I didn't take any photos at all (Remember I told you guys how I used to be super shy about taking photos in front of Jeff? Hah!) The second time I went back I was excited to shoot the ducks but was ultimately disappointed when I found maybe a total of fifteen. I assumed people stealing them one by one eventually added up. This last time I knew there had to be more. So the three of us each set off to gather some. Even if we only ended up with fifty or so like I presumed would happen I would have been happy but after a few minutes, we hit the jackpot. In the lower level we found where they were all hiding. We grabbed boxes, started filling them, and within no time at all our pile was massive!

We ended up spending a few hours in that one building, just gathering ducks, taking pictures, telling TMI stories, giggling, and having a grand old time. It was perfect.
xoxo

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  1. I think I say this every time I leave a comment, but this is my favorite abandoned set yet. I love the way you style your photographs. The order and formation of the ducks in such a chaotic space is really fascinating. It's like a tiny army of cute occupying enemy lines! Incredible set!

    The What's In Between

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  2. This place looks fascinating. I'm not surprised you keep going back

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  3. Oh my gosh how cool is that place! I love those pictures, they are kind of creepy but also very cool :D

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  4. That is so cool! As always, thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love the ducks! But I'm really loving the fruit graffiti!

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    1. Hah! I definitely loved the fruit too! So goofy.

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  6. Hey I live in cleveland and would love to check this out but I can't find an address anywhere. Where is this?

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    1. Sorry, I don't share locations. Half the fun is finding these places yourself.

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  7. If I had lived in the States, no matter where it would have been, I would so have gone to see this place! Totally rad with the ducks!

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  8. SO creepy but looks like such a good place to explore and take some photos!
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  9. Wow that sounds like such a great day! I am in love with that 7th photo-I'm a sucker for close ups :)

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  10. I should have asked in my previous comment, but are you planning on adding any of these photos to items in your Society6 shop? I'll totally buy them!!!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder! Just did!
      http://society6.com/product/rubber-ducky-ze5_print#1=45
      http://society6.com/product/rubber-ducky-2_print#1=45

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  11. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, they are so cute!x

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  12. All the more so because they are dirty- a bit like Victorian street urchins!x

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  13. I am so in love with this post, it's just so utterly bizarre. The pictures are great, I can't help but laugh at them all just sitting there in that perfect square!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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  14. This place is so cool! Do you know any history of the building or why there are so many rubber duckies there?

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    1. Nope, all I know is in the post, and that's not much at all.

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  15. Lovely! What a great way to spend an afternoon. I also loled at the gaping rectum graffiti. Yes, I have a four-year-old's sense of humor.

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    1. Haha. Well, clearly I do too if I just had to take a picture of it and sneak it in the post. :P

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  16. These pictures are absolutely amazing. I love the ones of the ducks on the stairs. So cool!

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  17. As a rubber duck collector, I super love this.

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    1. I was hoping some rubber duck collector out there would appreciate this. My best friend in high school collected rubber ducks so while I was in there I couldn't help but think how amazing this would have been for her. I'd just about pee my pants if I found a building full of any of the many things I collect.

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  18. oh my rubber duckies!!! :) your effort to arrange them is just wow. I can seriously see your passion in capturing moments and photos. you are a great artist :))

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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  19. wow! that place looks great to explore!

    love the facade picture with all those pretty plants

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    1. It's an okay place, the ducks really make it though!

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  20. Bonkers, beautiful and surreal. Wonderful composition. x

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  21. These photos are SO cool. I think this is maybe my favourite abandoned post of yours yet. It's just a shame people have to write crude words all over such a fantastic building. x

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It's not one of my favorite places, but this is definitely one of my favorite photo sets from one of these places. :)

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  22. the closeup of the ducks looks as though they are so surprised to see people there!
    fantastic shots! thrilled that the ducks were simply hiding and people didn't take them all.

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  23. This is such a cool place!! Although I really want to know the story behind all the little ducks.x

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  24. Wow. DUCKS!!! Amazing photos, as usual. I love that they have long lashes. Haha - so glam.

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

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  25. A whole bunch of rubber ducks hanging out together in an abandoned building?? That's the coolest thing I've seen all week! I love stumbling upon strange things that don't make sense.

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  26. Wow, what an incredible sight! Brilliant location to get some good shots. Weird seeing ducks with long eyelashes! This is making me wish I lived in the USA! Great photos :)

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  27. Wow.. I have to say... Was searching for how to blend multiple colors of pink and purple hair dye to get kind of a marble blended look...ombre but all messed up.. Lol..
    To find ur sight and to read about you... I'm someone looking for my place after a hard time... and U are so inspiring... Its so amazing to think what's out there... Thank you so much.. You are truly amazing. I love ur journeys!!

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