Abandoned Marsh: West 10th Street in Indianapolis

O’Malia’s Food Markets was founded in Indianapolis in 1966. In 1985, the company opened new store opened at the Chapel Hill Shopping Center on West 10th Street in Indianapolis. Marsh swallowed up the chain sixteen years later.

Abandoned Marsh #72. My own work.

Marsh itself was purchased by Sun Capital Partners -a private equity firm- in 2006, and three years later, the old O’Malia’s was rebranded as a Marsh Hometown Market. The supermarket closed eight years later and, today, Mega Furniture & Rugs Outlet operates out of the space.

“Abandoned Marsh” was my project to stylistically document the Marsh supermarkets closed by Sun Capital Partners, an investment firm that owned the home-grown company for the final decade of its eighty-six year history. The last Marsh supermarket closed in 2017.

Instead of taking pictures of the buildings, I decided to create 18×24 vector files in Adobe Illustrator, focusing on the complexity of their angles and how shadows and highlights interacted with them. 

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