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The Invisible Path the Soul Takes by Herbert Baglione

Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione finds ways to bring life to forgotten spaces. His ongoing project titled 1000 Shadows takes his works into places like a 16th century church in Celles Sur Belle and an underground hospital complex in Niort, France. The beautiful site-specific installations feature a few different artistic approaches. Sometimes, he'll carefully arrange objects, like wooden chairs, into large designs that flow throughout the space. Baglione will also paint murals that wrap around the ceiling and onto the floor, as well as objects that subtly hang from the architecture.

Although the style of his works vary, they all interact with their spaces in a similar way. Baglione uses elements of what's already there to reimagine and transform the rooms. The result is striking-yet-unexpected imagery; you wouldn't envision walking into a church and seeing chairs set up this way.

Baglione assesses each location and considers how to craft a unique “shadow” in the deserted environment. He uses the phrase “the path that the soul takes” as a guide and writes, “It is as if the soul is leaving an invisible trail on these places.”

Herbert Baglione Facebook page
via [Upper Playground]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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