27 February 2020 – Old, abandoned buildings have a special charm that scares some while intriguing others. Whereas certain people would like to see these buildings torn down and replaced by their modern counterparts, others seek opportunities to breathe new life inside these dusty, forgotten walls. One of such buildings is the abandoned thermal power plant in Velenje, Slovenia that was turned into an insane acrobatic playground by a quartet of daredevils known as DD Squad. Fearless acrobats set up a so-called stunt factory and showed off their impressive acrobatic and dunk skills.
AN ABANDONED POWER PLANT GETS A MAKEOVER
DD Squad are a quartet of fearless acrobats from Slovenia, famous for performing breathtaking stunts in unusual locations. After creating their own trampoline playground with shipping containers in the middle of a shipping yard, they turned an abandoned power plant into a stunt factory. Using acrobatic equipment and utilizing the old building’s features such as pipes, chaines and industrial hooks, they performed daring, never-before-seen acrobatic stunts. The adrenaline-packed video shows them jumping with a rope swing, performing crazy flips and pulling off impressive basketball dunks.
OLD BUILDINGS – NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Derelict buildings have a certain charm, so it’s no surprise that online communities of lovers of abandoned places have sprung across the world. Upon seeing the abandoned thermal power plant built in 1928, DD Squad knew this was the perfect location for their exploit. The old factory that has been left to the ravages of time since closing its doors in 1970, was transformed into an attractive venue offering numerous opportunities for insane, breathtaking stunts.
Maks Veselko, Dunking Devils acrobat and member of DD Squad
“When we first visited the abandoned power plant, we were completely blown away. The building looked exactly as we’d imagined; industrial, old, dirty and derelict. There was graffiti everywhere, broken glass on the floor, overgrown plants lining the windows … All of this presented an additional aesthetic value, but also an obstacle – we had to clean the place up in order to be able to set up our “stunt factory”. However, with its pipes, dangling chains, and industrial hooks, the building offers a ton of possibilities for crazy stunts that couldn’t all be fit into a single video, so we’ll definitely be back!”