While standing in line in Green-Wood Cemetery last weekend, I overheard a group of friends joking nervously about confessing to murders and kidnappings before admitting that yes, they really did need to unburden their true secrets to a stranger. It was a superlative spring day for confession, and for enjoying the verdant charms of one of Brooklyn’s greenest places.
A cemetery is an excellent place to store secrets. After all, barring gossipy ghosts, the inhabitants are generally quiet and trustworthy. Starting last weekend and continuing through 2042, French conceptual artist Sophie Calle will be collecting the secrets from visitors in a public art installation called Here Lie the Secrets. Calle herself was accepting secrets on opening weekend, but the project, in collaboration with the public art organization Creative Time, will be in place for 25 years, during which visitors can write their innermost thoughts on a slip of paper and insert it into a slot at the bottom of a marble obelisk nestled on Green-Wood’s Bay Grove Hill. Your confessions, incidentally, will have one of the best, and least visited skyline views. (more…)
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