Ponte City Tower is the tallest residential building in Johannesburg. The cylindrical skyscraper has an unusual hollow inner core. Completed in 1975, during the era of Apartheid, it was Johannesburg’s most luxurious residential building built for the whites. But in the early 1980s The residents moved out and by 1990s, the entire neighbor turned into a slum. After the end of apartheid laws, the suburb became a home for desperate black refugees, criminals, drug dealers and prostitutes.

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Jim Dingilian proves that a creative and skillful artist can create works of art with just about anything. By coating the interior of empty glass bottles with black smoke and then carefully brushing it away with tools mounted on dowels, he creates detailed and beautiful but dark works of smoke art that are dripping with a sense of suburban decay.

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