Construction Components Inc.

by Mark Hahn

Where are the machines for putting us back together when we’re left in pieces? How do we rivet all the parts together that we have held onto all our lives? Where are the shelves and boxes for storing all the precious debris that we sweep along in our path through life? Where is all the stuff we are afraid of losing? Where are the wrecked and worthless structures that we build to protect ourselves?

Construction Components Inc. in Vail AZ was listed as Arizona’s largest builder back in 1965 when it went into bankruptcy. All the equipment was auctioned off. They made early prefabricated homes for the masses moving to Arizona. Masses flocked to find either cheap retirement living or employment in the states copper mines.

The Tucson Daily News said nothing about the event other than, “Everything must go!”

Sometimes that is best — letting everything go.

The structures we build stand strong for years after we no longer need them. Groaning around us, they withstand time and the relentless elements that slowly try to tear them down. They serve as markers from our pasts.

This is an accidental construction arising from random events and a perceived need. This is what is left of what had once seemed important. This is a reminder that we must always move forward and not let the past – and its failures — constrain our hearts in the present.

Bust through the roof. Open all the doors. Let everything out.

Inside this gutted warehouse, wind blows freely. There are no remnants of the past other than the shell itself which maintains a sense of beauty and dignity. Aside from the vegetation growing through the cracks, the floor seems swept clean – there is a complete absence of melancholy.

The sun heats the metallic panels and the thermal expansion creates mechanical music. The wind adds percussion with loose panels and cables. The purely industrial sounds are punctuated by the calls of a desert raven and other birds finding refuge from the heat.

I would give up everything to live here now.