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'Animitas' is comprised of more than 200 small Japanese bells, each of which is attached to a long stem planted on the island within Jupiter Artland’s Duck Pond. The bells chime in the wind, letting out what Boltanski described as the 'music of the souls'.

'Animitas' is one of Christian Boltanski’s most impressive large scale outdoor installations. The bells are consciously placed to reproduce the map of the stars on the night the artist was born, 6 September 1944.

Boltanski’s commemoration of his own life is joined by a dedication to remembering the lives of others – 'Animitas' was intended to be an auditory counterpart to the Chilean tradition of 'animitas' memorial shrines.

Jupiter Artland







bells, acrylic & steel

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