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An unclaimed urn of ashes at Oregon State Hospital (where One Flew over the Cookoo's Nest was filmed).

David Maisel "Llibrary of Dust, The unclaimed ashes of asylum 'patients' from the Oregon State Hospital.

Few places evoke such feelings of dread and despair as abandoned insane asylums, built to house society's most tragic, vulnerable and disturbed souls. Enter an abandoned asylum building, stacked with canisters filled with the unclaimed remains of cremated patients.

Remembering Oregon State Hospital's Chilling Canisters of the Dead

David Maisel - Library of Dust Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital.

old insane asylums“I suppose you want a photograph of a madwoman,” said this woman, name unknown, to photographer and medical superintendent Frederic Truby King. “I’d better stick some straw in my hair and make faces.” She was a patient at New Zealand’s Seacliff Lunatic Asylum in the early 1900’s.

Frederic Truby King, the medical superintendent at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum near Dunedin, New Zealand, often photographed his patients for th.

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Red Heads Craft More Fun: Christmas Tree with Vintage Buttons--think I like the wreath shape better but I like the scrabble tile mix with the buttons.

Camping along the Clackamas River in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.

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Les urnes oxydées de David Maisel

A photo by David Maisel from his Library of Dust series. Each copper canister contains the cremated remains of an unclaimed patient from the Oregon State Insane Asylum. Bewitching, beautiful, and terribly sad.