The La Junta Collection is the first NFT collection to drop on OpenSea & Foundation as a crowdfunding arm for The Good Bones documentary project. OpenSea features 4/4 editions with “Supporter” attribution and Foundation features select 1/1 editions with selective “Producer” attribution in the final project. Learn about the project here.
As I wander La Junta, I see what was and is now long gone. An old western train town with beautiful bones, but empty and failing businesses in the shops.
Were they just getting by before the pandemic and then pushed into desolation once the world shut down and stayed home? One store has a sign apologizing for being closed due to health reasons. Another once thriving restaurant in a large corner storefront is empty, with broken windows and dusty booths. The furniture and signage still attached and promoting the best BBQ in eastern CO.
I’m merely an observer making snap judgments from the outside. But I see the larger picture. I see visual metaphors in the desolation. I see what was and what will never be again. And while the business woman in me wants to launch some local alternative economic initiative to bring holistic commerce and vibrancy back to these small towns with good bones, my internal pragmatist knows we are merely in the ellipsis. There is more destruction and collapse on the way.
All one has to do is drive through rural middle America and witness what was and process the carcass that remains. The Good Bones.
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