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Photo of two visitors at exhibit on the Torpedo Factory's history
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您要怎么处理老旧的鱼雷工厂?位于弗吉尼亚州亚历山德里亚市 (Alexandria) 的南波多马克河 (Potomac River) 旁的鱼雷工厂已经转型成一家艺术中心:鱼雷工厂艺术中心。

这间工厂建于一次世界大战后期的1918年。接下来的五年内,它日以继夜的生产潜艇及飞机用鱼雷(飞弹)之后,直到二次世界大战时,这栋建筑物被用来存放武器及弹药。二次大战后,史密斯索尼恩学会 (Smithsonian Institution) 将它用来储放艺术品及贵重的恐龙化石。另外,国会也将文档存放于此,而军队则用它来存放德国战争影片及记录。



What can you do with an old torpedo factory? In Alexandria, Virginia, on the banks of the Potomac River, a torpedo factory was turned into an arts center -- the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The factory was built after the end of the First World War, in 1918. For the next five years submarine and aircraft torpedoes (missiles) were produced there around the clock. After that, the building was a storage area for arms and ammunition until World War II. After the war it was used by the Smithsonian Institution to store art objects and valuable dinosaur bones. Congress also stored documents there, and the military used it to store German war films and records.

The city of Alexandria bought the factory from the federal government in 1969, but it wasn't until 1974 that artists converted the huge space into a complex of bright, clean studios. Today, you can visit the Torpedo Factory and see artists at work -- a potter making a bowl, an artist making a stained glass window, or a painter working on a canvas.

You can also learn about torpedoes. The torpedo in the picture is on display in the main hall. It was made at the factory in 1945 and was painted bright green so that the Navy could see it in the water when it was tested.

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