“There the traveler meets, aghast, sheeted memories of the past…”
In the Czech Republic, there is a medieval church long abandoned by the town after an ill-omened roof collapse during a funeral service half a century ago. With decades of decay running unchecked, this hauntingly historic edifice was on the verge of closure. Until the ghosts arrived, that is. First it was just nine shrouded figures, seated silently in the pews. Then ghostly parishioners continued to appear, until an entire phantom congregation had gathered, shrouded and pensive, in hushed rows.
Created by art student Jakub Hadrava, the eerie sculptures were created with a purpose, “…to remind people the church had a history and a past.” The art installation has been a success, drawing tourists to the church in the town of Lukova, who have been donating funds to help with the building’s repair. View the ghostly figures for yourself in the gallery below, or visit urban explorer Foantje’s site for even more images.
(via Mlle. Ghoul’s Fairy Tales from the Shadows and Yahoo News)
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Those are amazing. I love the individuality of each “ghost.” It makes me wonder what his inspiration is for each one. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
It’ eery but compelling. Very well done on getting people interested in saving things of the past that still influence us daily.
Some people question the value of art, but it really can have the ability to stir people to action.
Just got chills looking at that – super creepy.
Hooray! And thanks for the repost! 🙂
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Really cool stuff. Gave me chills looking at it.
Fascinating!!! Loved this!
Agreed! The combination of sculpture and photography is just breathtakingly unsettling.
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This is pretty cool.
Thank you for sharing! 🙂
You’re most welcome! 🙂