Tuesday, September 02, 2008

David Maisel Photographs of Copper Cans Failing as Urns

From David Maisel's website:

Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.

David Maisel's Library of Dust project