Spanish group Basurama literally had a green ‘train of thought’ when they converted an abandoned project to build an electric train in Lima, Peru into a green amusement park for kids and adults alike. Ever since the train ruins were forsaken in 1986, the construction has been left as-is, and concrete columns have stood without purpose… until this month, when the Ghost Train park opened free of charge to jubilant attendees who indulged in merriment via park equipment made from recycled materials.
Horse shaped car tire swings, climbing structures, canopy lines, and swings that hang from forgotten pass ways are now heartily enjoyed by local park goers. “Basurama has been working with the subject of trash for more than ten years, generating spaces and installations that make us reflect about what we throw away.” Video footage of the park’s construction gives a clear picture of the park’s location in the center of a bustling, traffic laden location. With regard to the project, Ruben Lorenzo of Basurama says, “Public spaces in Lima sometimes generate insecurity and are besieged by car horns, we want to show that there’s also room for people, and that we have to claim that.”