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Halloween Countdown, Day 10

Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione has somehow managed to make an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy even spookier with his paintings of shadows.

The way Baglione’s "shadows" creep out from disused wheelchairs and lurk ominously on the walls seems to evoke the poor souls who used to inhabit the place.

The work is part of Baglione’s "1000 Shadows" project, where he paints silhouettes on floors and walls. (Thanks to gods_lil_rocker.)

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One of my first thoughts on seeing Baglione's haunting works at this former psychiatric hospital was of the immortal Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, — you ’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.


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gilda_elise
Oct. 10th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
That is creepy. It's brings to mind last season's American Horror Story, "Asylum."
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point. ::shudder:: What a show that was. Are you watching Coven? We've DVRed it. I'm anxious to see how it is. I really enjoyed the first two American Horror Story seasons.
gilda_elise
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:50 am (UTC)
We've DVRed it, too. I'll probably watch it this weekend. I loved the first season, but the second was a bit too "slasher movie" for me. I'm hoping this next season follows more traditional horror lines.
jan_u_wine
Oct. 10th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
it made me cry.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
It's incredibly heart-wrenching, isn't it? *hugs you*
jan_u_wine
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
those shadows are very evocative of what those people went through. Ah, the horror of being what is not considered normal, whether that means that one is a genius or a true madman. I remember my high school English teacher saying that there is a fine line between genius and madness and it is defined by the *common*. A snarky but true remark?

*hugs you back*.....

btw, i am very much enjoying your reading tho cannot listen to it all at once. Thank you, it's lovely!
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
The sight of them gives me a shiver and wrenches my heart.
sueworld2003
Oct. 10th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh thats brilliant! Very creepy. :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
I thought so, too! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
febobe
Oct. 10th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
LOVE it.

I find the history of psychiatric care absolutely heart-breaking and gut-wrenching.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
LOVE it.

Oh, I'm so glad! :D

I find the history of psychiatric care absolutely heart-breaking and gut-wrenching.

Yes! I know exactly what you mean.
Trix Middlekauff
Oct. 10th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've seen these - they are incredibly beautiful and strangely elegant I think. I see them as the representation of tortured souls escaping the confines of the asylum.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
I see them as the representation of tortured souls escaping the confines of the asylum.

I love this interpretation!

"Strangely elegant" is a perfect description. "Beautiful," too - the motion implied in the lines is amazing.

Edited at 2013-10-11 10:37 am (UTC)
Abbie Culbertson
Oct. 10th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh I love it! Love! It!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
I'm so tickled that you do! Yay!
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