Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Boxes of Death

Sometimes I come upon something I want to share with you that it too big to cover in a few minutes. Why don't I wait till I can properly prepare it? Well, I really don't have anything else lined up. This daily blog post thing isn't as easy at it seems.

So, that means I'm going to whet your appetite and then you'll have to click the links to find out more. At times, reading a blog is as much work as writing it.

Five minutes before I was scheduled to start writing (with nothing planned) I happened upon Boxes of Death. Yep. Boxes of Death is an art exhibit that well, I should let them explain because they've had the time to think about it.

Boxes of Death is an art exhibition where 50 artists are each given their own coffin to do with what they want. The idea spawned from Kane Quaye, a famous coffin maker from Africa. His philosophy was that a coffin should not just be a pine box, but something that represents the person inside and their life. Each artist in the show uses the same coffin canvas format to create their own artistic statement surrounding the preconceived notions and ideas of the coffin shape. The people in the show have a chance to step out of their comfort zone and faced with the idea of death, react to it.

The exhibit took place from 2011 to 2015 with different artists selected each year. Now, here is where I whet your appetite to go explore the coffins and artists in more detail.

Boxes of Death 2011: Artist Unknown
Boxes of Death 2012: Artist Unknown
Boxes of Death 2013: Zack Egge
Boxes of Death 2015: Ornamental Conifer

I just tried to give you an idea of the different ways artists enhanced the coffins they were given. There are so many awesome pieces that you really do need to click the links. You won't be disappointed.

I, however, am disappointed that the exhibit seems to be over at least for the United States. There does seem to be a t shirt, though. At least I can have that.....

Boxes of Death V T Shirt
I have hope that 2016 will bring an exhibit to the east coast.

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