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"Panaderia" by Stephanie Avery.

Abandoned sanatorium, Cartago Province, Costa Rica

Built in 1915 by Dr. Carlos Duran, the Duran Sanatorium’s mountainous location was deemed ideal for those suffering from consumption. It operated as a hospital for tuberculosis patients for many years, as well as an asylum for the mentally ill. After 1963, since tuberculosis was no longer an issue and the mentally ill could be treated in bigger, more humane hospitals, the Sanatorium ceased to be operational. For the following decade it  operated as an orphanage and, later, a maximum and a minimum security prison. The Duran Sanatorium shut down permanently in 1973 when it retained serious structural damage from an eruption of the nearby Irazu volcano.

This shot is looking into the old bakery.


Stephanie Avery is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist and adventurer. Her practice uses themes of discovery, absurdity, identity and memory to intervene with familiar spaces, objects and imagery and give them new meanings and narratives. Her goal is to inspire new perspectives and initiate dialogue about elements of contemporary culture that are often taken for granted.


*All our giclée prints are printed in-house to the highest industry quality using archival Epson pigments on 190 GSM bright white matte paper.

16"x20" prints are printed on 17"x22" paper to preserve edges.

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