October 10th, 2013


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.)


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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