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Painted Shadows in an Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital

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 So 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.

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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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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