RD Burton – Abandoned II


© 2016
edition of Open
dimensions in inches: 5 x 7 x 2

About this piece:

Abandoned structures can be found beside the roads of America. These mills, factories, foundries, and plants are no longer running. Rust and silence are all they produce. Workers are now gone, along with a way of life. Silence is ever present. This book contains photos of abandoned industrial sites in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

All images used in this tunnel book with four panels and gate opening are from RD’s photographs. This work records an environment in various states of abandonment and deterioration.


digital ink, paper, museum board, magnet

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States.

Many of R D Burton’s artist books portray the reality of change rather than a romanticized idea of the past, and display the economic, technological, and social changes that reshape urban and rural landscapes.R D Burton was born and raised in Kansas. He received a MA in Studio Arts from Rutgers University and studied book arts at the University for the Arts in Philadelphia. His books are in over twenty-five special collections nationwide and overseas including: The Smithsonian, Carnegie Mellon University, Mass Art, University of California-Berkeley, Otis College of Art and Design, Seattle Museum of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. R D has exhibited in over 50 book arts exhibitions.


RD Burton – Abandoned II