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that is the coolest fucking thing i've ever seen

Posted by adrian | October 14, 2008 5:05 PM

aw, i was hoping mr. mudede would see this, as it seems quite up his alley, but i'm glad someone at the stranger appreciated it :-)

Posted by mollie | October 14, 2008 5:19 PM


Posted by ballard dude | October 14, 2008 5:19 PM

Wow, copper must have been pretty cheap back in the day. These pics remind me of aerial photos of mine tailings, which are of course nasty pieces of work, but rather pleasing from high above.

Posted by nightlifejitters | October 14, 2008 5:21 PM

you can still taste the crazy.

Posted by mmmm | October 14, 2008 5:36 PM

Sounds like a movie prop...

"North by Northwest" meets
"The Hellfighters" in Alaska,

with Beck doing a fuzzy soundtrack
pre-Modern Guilt

answering Elvis Costello with a Question....

"What ever happened to you before Martini met McMurphy doing Nurse Retched's neckline?"


Posted by d.bkieneker | October 14, 2008 5:55 PM

that table makes me so sad. i can just imagine how horribly people were treated.

Posted by jrrrl | October 14, 2008 5:55 PM

I also assumed this was a Charles post, until I saw what was below, and realized my error.

Posted by snakes | October 14, 2008 5:56 PM

@8: Me too.

BTW: This is the best thing I've seen on Slog in forever. Excepting Monica Bellucci's rack.

Posted by Matthew | October 14, 2008 5:58 PM

My god. How beautiful and heartbreaking. And scientific, too.

Posted by homage to me | October 14, 2008 6:31 PM

I wish my roommate would fucking die.

Posted by Jonathan Bailo Thomas | October 14, 2008 6:52 PM

What is it about mental hospitals that is so eerie? I live near Eastern State Hospital, and its late 19th century brick architecture runs a chill up my spine every time I drive up to it.

I've worked in the hospital, too, interpreting between English and Spanish for the crazy people, and it's like entering a world time forgot. The staff is never in a hurry, the cliché that it's hard to tell them from the patients is true, and there's a tiny bowling alley in the basement of one of the many sprawling buildings.

One day I met the president of Iraq. He was doing water aerobics in the pool.

Posted by TVDinner | October 14, 2008 8:02 PM

creepy, somehow horrific...could have been my fate had I been born earlier in time! shudder...

Posted by Kristin Bell | October 14, 2008 8:06 PM

.. this is the loveliest post i've seen in sometime..and by the way. i didn't recognise who you were til after you left..sorry about that.old age is a bish..
kisses to you and yours anyways..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | October 14, 2008 9:13 PM

Geoff Manaugh profiled Library of Dust on BLDGBLOG a few months ago, but nothing prepared me for actually looking through it at Elliot Bay a few weeks ago. Absolutely incredible.

Posted by slap happy | October 14, 2008 9:15 PM

Wow. Those are beautiful.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | October 14, 2008 9:29 PM

You find some of the neatest things.

Posted by Clint | October 14, 2008 10:35 PM

that is a very visually beautiful epilogue to some very sad and painful lives. i want that kind of legacy. thank you.

Posted by pretentious | October 14, 2008 11:28 PM

Those are incredibly cool. Wonder if there's prints...

Posted by DJ Eternal Darkness | October 15, 2008 12:33 AM

I have always wanted to be creamated. Now I TOTALLY want to be put into a copper container!!!! That would be a cool looking way of going out!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 15, 2008 3:29 AM

It's beautiful!

@11, ????

Posted by sepiolida | October 15, 2008 8:17 AM

@19, they are prints, big lovely prints. He shows with Haines Gallery in San Francisco and Von Lintel in New York. The book turned out really well, it's oversized and the plates are impeccably printed.

Posted by Eric F | October 15, 2008 9:03 AM

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