Gary’s ‘Decay Devils’ turn abandoned landmarks into public art

GARY, Ind. – This fading steel town has its share of old crumbling buildings, giving the city a distinctly drab appearance.

“I mean nobody’s seen color in this area for how long?” asked Eric Roldan, a 34-year-old artist from Gary. “We’re left with all the buildings, but no people to fill it and no communities to fill it.”

He is part of a group trying to change the conversation – and the appearance – of Gary.

The Decay Devils are a group of young artists who have spruced up one of the city’s historical landmarks – the old Union Station.  The building was the city’s transportation hub until the 1950s, but has fallen into disrepair.

The Decay Devils raised $22,000 from the John S. And James l. Knight Foundation to pay for paint, materials, and artists to breathe new life into the old building.

“We have to preserve what we have,” said Tyrell Anderson, the “Decay Devils” president. “We have to learn and know our history, and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

You can go on a virtual reality tour of Union Station in the player below.