“In 1913 an Oregon state psychiatric institution began to cremate the remains of its unclaimed patients. Their ashes were then stored inside individual copper canisters and moved into a small room, where they were stacked onto pine shelves.
“After doing some research into the story, Maisel got in touch with the hospital administrators – the same hospital, it turns out, where they once filmed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – and he was granted access to the room in which the canisters were stored.
“Over time, however, the canisters have begun to react chemically with the human ashes held inside them; this has thus created mold-like mineral outgrowths on the exterior surfaces of these otherwise gleaming cylinders.
“In order to deal with the fragility of the objects, and to respect their funerary origins, Maisel set up a temporary photography studio inside the hospital itself. There, he began photographing the canisters one by one.
“He soon realized that they looked almost earthlike, terrestrial: green and blue coastal forms and island landscapes outlined against a black background. But it was all mineralogy: terrains of rare elements self-reacting in the dark.”
Incredible story, as documented in Library of Dust, by David Maisel and Geoff Manaugh.
Love this piece of public art by Uysal Mehmet-Ali. So fun and clever!
The Smithsonian’s bird collection, the third largest bird collection in the world with over 625,000 specimens.
Spontaneous City, an installation of birdhouses by London Fieldworks.
photos by Jasper James.
These awesome celestial cats made my day! They were made by Zippora Lux.
Not sure if you’ll enjoy these illustrations as much as I do (haven’t really gauged your interest in contemp. illustration in a while), but I think these weird animal portraits are tops! Found on Jörn Kaspuhl‘s site.
Jonathan Callan makes art out of old books.
Beautiful sky portraits by Astrid on Flickr.
Ink drawing, just added to my shop.
Allison Davies, via But Does It Float.
This photograph has been haunting me. Taken by Jane Heller.
This stationary is based on computer icons. Love it! Too bad it’s still in production, and not available yet. Made by Brigada Creativa.
Photos by Kim Holtermand.