January 20, 2010

david maisel: library of dust

Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of a patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.

asylum 16
oregon state hospital, salem, OR

asylum 2
doctor's office, ward 66, abandoned portion of J building

asylum 3
tubs, ward 7, abandoned portion of J building

asylum 4
lounge/meeting room, ward 66, abandoned portion of J building

asylum 15
gurney, crematorium

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Jerry King Musser said...

All of us are sitting in containers... rotting away slowly... one way or the other.

UExplorer said...

Amazing pictures! Really strong those canister images. Poor souls that ended up in that room together with all the other unclaimed persons.