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Photographer strands famous NYC landmarks in post-apocalyptic landscapes

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Howard Halle
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You may recall the iconic ending of the original Planet Of The Apes when Charlton Heston’s character, riding along a beach on a horse with a hot babe clinging to him from behind, stumbles upon the ruins of the Statue Of Liberty poking out of the sand. “You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!” he bellows in his best Charlton Heston-y manner as he realizes that he’s been on Earth all along.

Although Lady Liberty is nowhere to be found, photographer Anton Repponen does depict a number of renowned New York City landmarks as if they had been plunked down all alone in the middle of a wasteland worthy of Dr. Zaius and co. The “Misplaced Series,” as Repponen calls it, began as a project on Instagram. Many familiar locales are pictured: The Whitney (both old and new buildings), the Guggenheim and the New Museum. Both of New York’s Frank Gehry–designed buildings are also featured.

These edifices and others jut up from desert dunes and mountain slopes and other places in the middle of nowhere, but they’ve been left in pristine condition, which only makes their splendid isolation appear all the more surreal. One other note: While the Chrysler Building is depicted in the “Misplaced Series,” another place made famous by a primate isn’t for now. Guess which one.

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