Library of Dust

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Esteemed photographer David Maisel has created a somber and beautiful series of images depicting canisters containing the cremated remains of the unclaimed dead from an Oregon psychiatric hospital. Dating back as far as the nineteenth century, these canisters have undergone chemical reactions, causing extravagant blooms of brilliant white, green, and blue corrosion, revealing unexpected beauty in the most unlikely of places. This stately volume is both a quietly astonishing body of fine art from a preeminent ...

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San Francisco 2008 Hardbound New Hardcover with color illustration. 108 pp., profusely illustrated in color. From Brown's Books: "Library of Dust" is photographer David ... Maisel"s exploration of loss and remembrance through his unsettling images of copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from an Oregon State psychiatric hospital (interestingly, the same hospital used in the filming of the movie "One Flew Over the Cookoo"s Nest") which were never claimed by next-of-kin. The canisters, dating from as far back as the nineteenth century, were discovered in a vault on the hospital grounds that had flooded repeatedly over the years. This exposure to moisture created chemical reactions between the copper and the remains inside, which formed a secondary bloom. Brilliant white, green and blue corrosion contrast against the still bright copper of the canisters, revealing tragic and unexpected beauty in this, the most unlikely of places. "Library of Dust" is both a quietly astonishing body o Read more Show Less

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Overview

Esteemed photographer David Maisel has created a somber and beautiful series of images depicting canisters containing the cremated remains of the unclaimed dead from an Oregon psychiatric hospital. Dating back as far as the nineteenth century, these canisters have undergone chemical reactions, causing extravagant blooms of brilliant white, green, and blue corrosion, revealing unexpected beauty in the most unlikely of places. This stately volume is both a quietly astonishing body of fine art from a preeminent contemporary photographer, and an exceptionally poignant monument to the unknown deceased.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780811863339
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 13.50 (w) x 17.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographer David Maisel's work is held in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others.

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Table of Contents

Mineral Kinships Geoff Manaugh Manaugh, Geoff

The Soul Remains: A Mineralogical Account of the Remarkable Transformation of the Cremation Canisters at the Oregon State Hospital Terry Toedtemeier Toedtemeier, Terry

Graves of the Insane, Decorated Michael S. Roth Roth, Michael S.

The Library and its Self-Contained Double David Maisel Maisel, David

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