El Bosque Encantado

La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica Closed 1995 The Disappointed Tourist: El Bosque Encantado, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 24 x 18″ (61 x 46 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard. El Bosque Encantado (the Enchanted Forest) was a Costa Rican amusement park founded in 1976 by Don Álvaro and Doña Carmen in La Garita. The painting doesn’t have […]


Cliftonville, Kent, England, UK

Closed 1998


New York, New York, USA

Closed 2006


Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Burned 1911


Margate, Kent, England, UK

Closed 2005


Venice, Italy

Arson 1996

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace

Los Angeles, California, USA Closed 1981 Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace was converted from a bowling alley into a roller rink in 1979, becoming a brief sensation for its live bands and celebrity guest list. An episode of Charlies Angels (Angels on Skates) was filmed there in 1979. It closed in 1981 and today the building […]

Idora Park

Oakland, California, USA Demolished 1929 Idora Park was an amusement park constructed by The Realty Syndicate in 1904 in Ayala Park and leased by the Ingersoll Pleasure and Amusement Park Co. In addition to several roller coasters, the park also had a zoo, an ostrich farm, animal shows, a dance hall, a racetrack, an outdoor amphitheater, […]

Luna Park

Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Burned 1944

Madison Square Garden II

New York, New York, USA Demolished 1926 The second Madison Square Garden was a Manhattan indoor arena that replaced the first Madison Square Garden. It was designed by noted architect Stanford White, who was murdered there in 1906 by millionaire Harry Thaw over his affair with Thaw’s wife, the actress Evelyn Nesbit. Although the Garden hosted […]

Maltepe Süreyya Beach

Instanbul, Turkey Filled-in 1980s This was a beloved beach outside of Istanbul. The city approved plans to fill in the beach in 1976 and since the 1980s the little pavilion has been flanked by streets and traffic. This painting is based on an uncredited photograph. This was a meeting point for young people’s summer joy […]


Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK

Closed 1998


Roscoe Village, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Demolished 1967