In early February 2015, a winter storm (dubbed “Winter Storm Linus” by the Weather Channel) blanketed
Although Lawless garnered significant social media traction with his snowy images of Rolling Acres Mall, the image set wasn’t his first foray into the compelling visual elements of urban decay and abandoned commercial spaces. Lawless’ prior works, Autopsy of America and Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall documented similar content, with Rolling Acres Mall also appearing (sans snow) in his latter book.
Many described the snowy interior of Rolling Acres Mall as “eerie” after viewing the desolate, once-thriving retail space:
Lawless described the images as a “powerful symbol of America’s economic decline.” Rolling Acres Mall was built in 1975 and began closing its stores in 2008 before shuttering for good in December 2013.
Last updated: 10 February 2015