The Art of Death

During the past weekend’s festivities, many of us decorated ourselves and our surroundings in the trappings of the dead. Sometimes, the dear and deceased return the favor, allowing their bones and belongings to be transformed into sacred, artistic installations that remind us of our own fleeting days.

All things must pass...

All things must pass...

The WebUrbanist offers this handy countdown of the world’s most gorgeous (ghastly?) ossuaries.


Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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2 Comments on "The Art of Death"

  1. tonyviner | Nov 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm |

    It is the the subtler things in life that make it worth living.

  2. people should be reminded of death constantly, maybe then fewer would live lives dedicated to mediocrity.

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