Painted Shadows in an Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital

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1000 Shadows is an ongoing project by Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione that features eerie shadows taking residence in abandoned buildings. The painted silhouettes have emerged on the walls, floors, and ceilings of empty rooms and outside deserted homes in São Paulo and Paris. Perhaps the most interesting locale that Baglione has chosen for the elongated shadows, though, is an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy.

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As if the vacant, crumbling edifice with a history of housing mental illness didn’t provide enough emotional context, Baglione adds his ghostly figures to the dilapidated decor. Juxtaposed with old, dusty wheelchairs randomly lining the unattended hallways and the cracked walls textured with peeling paint, the dark shadows add an intense feeling of unease. His creative renditions add a narrative to the architecture and the souls who once inhabited it.

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