Stark Photographs of the Empty 1972 Munich Olympics Stadium

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Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and millions of people across the globe will flock to the city (and to their televisions) to cheer on an international group of athletes. But what happens to those sports arenas once the games are over? Some are demolished, but some, like the stadium in Munich, Germany, host of the infamous 1972 Summer Olympics, remain. In a series posted to Behance, Munich-based photographer Robert Götzfried depicts the empty spaces, which he says are his favorite subjects: “Public space when no one is around. Swimming pools, soccer stadiums, cinemas — places that are usually loud and crowded in a quiet and peaceful way. It’s about forms, patterns — architecture in its purest way.” The terrorist attack that took place there 42 years ago gives this collection (spotted via Faith is Torment) an added layer of eeriness, yet it is stunning nonetheless.

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried

Image credit: Robert Götzfried