Horsepower to foot power

After a first life of powering a vehicle, this engine block now enables foot traffic back and forth from a 17th century monastery, nestled high in the hills of Garzê, Tibetan Autonomous Region. Two sets of low metal ridges, presumably mounts for stabilizing engine components, now create added traction as one embarks down the steep stairs.

The shift from natural to manmade materials as one scales the steps is unexpected, although weathering has had the engine adopt a hue closer to the earthen colors that make up Garze’s palette.

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