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May They Rest in Peace

 

These are remembrance vials from an 'art sculpture' in our nearby Grote Kerk,

in honor of deceased loved ones.

The ones with black caps have names already inserted...like those in honor of my parents.

 

Gorinchem, Holland

 


May They Rest in Peace

 

These are remembrance vials from an 'art sculpture' in our nearby Grote Kerk,

in honor of deceased loved ones.

The ones with black caps have names already inserted...like those in honor of my parents.

 

Gorinchem, Holland

 


comments (52)

I've never heard of or seen these before. How interesting.
I think I've sorted the larger format. We'll see if it works. Thanks for your help. Graeme.
Ginnie Hart: It really is a beautiful piece, Graeme, in its entirety. Thank you.
And I love your larger format. I think you'll find it much more appealing. smile
Fascinating art sculpture Ginnie. Like the close-up details and the metallic appearance. What a wonderful way to remember those dearest to us. Interesting image.
Ginnie Hart: Thnak you, John. Someone really was creative with how it was done.
What a great idea; I have never heard of this practice before but it is full of meaning. Your image shows a lot of detail in the work but also makes me curious what the whole sculpture looks like!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mark. If you scroll down to the last 2 collages of this post, you can see more of the whole thing and how it works:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/09/as-if-that-werent-enough.html
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 9 Feb 2011, 03:21
Great shot Ginnie....i have never heard of this before either....i like the way that you have captured it so closely ....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. It totally surprised me when I saw it. I was lucky there was a lady nearby who explained it to me.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 9 Feb 2011, 03:51
nice texture and thanks for sharing the information with us.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Krunal.
  • Argos
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2011, 04:54
Beautiful, and touching -- never heard of this practice before, but it's amazing in this shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Argos, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Feb 2011, 04:59
I remember this was your first picture hunt alone in Gorinchem on that Saturday, I was sick.
I also did not know of this beautiful 'sculpture'.
One day I hope to see this with my own eyes.
You made a beautiful abstract of it.
What a wonderful way to remember the dead
Ginnie Hart: I hated that you were sick that day but at least you were able to see the pictures afterwards. We still need to climb the tower, so when we do that, we can see this art sculpture. Maybe you can insert your own prayer of remembrance and honor. Hartstikke bedankt.
Beautiful and so very poignant Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Pavan.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 9 Feb 2011, 05:42
A nice way to honor loved ones.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Fokkio. Bedankt.
Hello Ginnie, could imagine a first accumulations of the sculptor Arman, and it is not! A very original way to remember!
Ginnie Hart: The whole thing quite took me back, Mathilde. It really is beautiful. Merci.
What a curious sculpture! Bravo Ginnie for your photo the light and the reflexions are perfect. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Valérie. Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Feb 2011, 07:09
An interesting idea Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It actually brought tears to my eyes, Chris, especially when I realized I could add the names of my own parents!
A highly original idea Ginnie. I like it
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Bill. It's very touching because it's an interactive work of art.
Interesting shot and the story behind it is all new to me.
Ginnie Hart: It was new to me, too, Martin. A real surprise.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Feb 2011, 07:57
an interesting kind of commemoration - but the material looks a bit too cool for me.
Ginnie Hart: Cool as in cold, Philine? Maybe a bit like the memorial slabs in graveyards and stone urns? I know what you mean.
Interesting sculpture ... But to put the cat amongst the pigeons I find it a slightly curious way of holding onto memories of personal family. Personal artifacts in the home would be more satisfying and relevant for me.
Ginnie Hart: I guess what makes it 'easier' for me, Richard, is knowing this is just one of many ways/places where a memory is held. For the usual attendees of this church, I'm guessing it's a touching reminder whenever they see it. For me, living away from the country where my parents are buried, it's a small pleasure to see a memory to them that is public, out for the rest of the world to see.
It makes a superb image Ginnie and it seems a good idea in theory. I'd like to see the whole work.
Ginnie Hart: For me it's a very touching memorial, Sheila, that actually brought tears to my eyes when I realized I could add my parents' names, since I'm so far away from where they are buried. If you scroll down to the bottom of this link, there are 2 collages that will show you the sculpture better:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/09/as-if-that-werent-enough.html
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Feb 2011, 08:32
Yes, Ginnie, sorry, I meant: cold -and in some way also impersonal (except the personal names) - I agree with Richard T.
Ginnie Hart: As I told Richard, Philine, what makes it 'easier' for me is knowing this is just one of many ways/places where a memory is held. For the usual attendees of this church, I'm guessing it's a touching reminder whenever they see it. For me, living away from the country where my parents are buried, it's a small pleasure to see a memory to them that is public, out for the rest of the world to see.
wow i've never heard of this before, i'll get my husband to put my ashes in one of them!
Ginnie Hart: Now THAT'S an idea, Elaine. Leave it to you to come up with something like that! smile
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 9 Feb 2011, 09:00
The explanation is needed to comprehend the photo...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal, you're right. If you scroll down to the bottom of this link you can see 2 collages that 'explain' it better:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/09/as-if-that-werent-enough.html
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Feb 2011, 09:23
A novel idea Ginnie - I'm interested in the responses that people have made. Initially I thought it a bit strange but reading what you wrote in reply to Richard I can quite understand. I'm in the process of doing some photographic work on the idea of memory/memorials to the dead so will look into this further. The whole idea of having a public memorial of some sort is fascinating and full of questions about what it is to be human. As far as I know we are the only species that do this!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ingrid, for your comment and the obvious interest you have in this. If you look at the bottom two collages of this link, you can see more about this 'interactive' sculpture:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/09/as-if-that-werent-enough.html

When I think back to my visceral response to this piece of art, I wonder what it is about it that shook me to my core. I just wanted to go somewhere and sob! Maybe it was finding a place where I could memorialize my parents in a public place just two blocks from where I live...with my parents buried thousands of miles away. I don't know, but I have tears in my eyes again now as I think about it. I will love finding out what it is you come up with in your study. Please let me know more about what you are doing. Thank you.
This is a creative way to remember your loved ones. Is it a permanent installation?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. Creative and different. It's a good question as to if it is permanent. I plan to ask the next time I'm there.
Great idea shot!
Nice day to you Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roland. Merci.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 9 Feb 2011, 10:29
It's not so usual to see such abstract in your work, but your B&W processing is excellent too. Have a nice day, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I know this isn't usual from me, Didier. Sometimes I have to work outside my box. smile Merci.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Feb 2011, 11:23
Fabulous image, Ginnie.

Very interesting sculpture concept, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. For some reason, this one really touched me.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Feb 2011, 11:25
How very interesting
Ginnie Hart: Interesting and different, yes, Vintage.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 9 Feb 2011, 11:34
What an interesting idea Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You'd have to see it in real life to get the full impact, Chad.
What a wonderful way to remember those that was close to one and whom we loved dearly. Well captured .
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Laurette. Thank you.
Many pipes, that gives some music? Kiss Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: Maybe when the wind blows, yes, Pierrot. I like that thought. Merci.
What a wonderful idea. This is a fascinating shot of what must be a fascinating sculpture.
Ginnie Hart: You can see more of it if you scroll down this link to the last 2 collages, JP:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/09/as-if-that-werent-enough.html
It really is more wonderful in real life, to be honest.
Its a lovely idea and now a tradition I would think. It gives people this warm feeling in their heart to know their prayer is amongst them.smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought it was a grteat idea, Linda. It brought lots of tears to my eyes! Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 9 Feb 2011, 13:41
An intiguing idea - and image. I'm not sure if it has the same empathy as stone, but time will tell.
Ginnie Hart: It's much more interactive than stone, George, so very different. It's more of a hands-on memorial. Thanks.
I like the idea Ginnie..Do you just take an empty one then do the honours..Good picture too.
Ginnie Hart: There are many empty ones hanging, Ron, ready to be filled. The attendant has the paper and pen for you to write what you want for insertion. Then you put the black cap on. It's actually very cool. Thanks.
A very nice image. Does the idea for this originate from Asia?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. I have no idea from where the idea originates but Asia would make sense.
What a lovely idea Ginnie, we should all remember our parents as much as possible. I envy you the chance to listen to the choirs by the way, right up my street being an ex-chorister in two choirs.
Ginnie Hart: It felt very lovely to me, Brian, when I saw it. It actually brought me to tears. And yes, I was lucky to hear all those choirs at the festival. I knew you would like that. smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2011, 15:39
This is really cool
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, DrAW. I thought so, too. smile
They look somewhat like reactor fuel rods!
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. Now I'll gave to Google what reactor fuel rods are, Tom! smile
All those memories in the sculpture make it a very special work of art. Nicely captured Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It is very special to me, Janet, so thank you kindly.
A true work of art Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Mick. Thank you.
A very interesting image!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed. Bedankt, Wim.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Feb 2011, 19:44
A very interesting concept and artwork that is well photographed. It really grabs my attention.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Suddenly I have an urge to make them all sing.
Wonderful composition of a wonderful remembrance sculpture. Great discovery!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Doug. It rteally took me by surprise.
That is very bizzare.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Michael. smile
I've never heard of this before. A very striking image...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrew, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2011, 02:28
they make for an interesting shot when bunched up together like that.. nice work noticing and capturing it.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. I have a sudden urge to start them all clanging. smile
I like when you like that I think that I like, hi hi, kiss ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. You're way too funny, Pierrot! smile
Simple things are often great. Great things are often simple.
Ginnie Hart: Couldn't have said it better, Pekka! smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2011, 10:19
What a terrific abstract. Love the way they fill the frame!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marcie.
  • didier
  • france
  • 10 Feb 2011, 11:27
impressionnante et emouvante construction !
the remember art...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Didier.
Ginnie, are you going all urban and techy on us? Very industrial looking.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Gotta change it up ever so often, Alex. grin Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2011, 17:21
This would be the first time I'd be hearing something like this.

And appropriate since my friend's sister just lost her battle to breast CA.
Ginnie Hart: Appropriate, indeed, Maria. It's a very touching piece in real life.
Complètement nouveau pour moi... Je ne connaissais pas. Un bel effet visuel.
Ginnie Hart: It is even more beautiful in real life, Olivier. Merci.

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