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© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Allan Pollok Morris, Ruth Clark / Jupiter Artland

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This is one of Christian Boltanski’s most impressive large scale outdoor installations. It is composed of over 200 small Japanese bells attached to long stems planted in the ground. The bells, chiming to the wind, let out the 'music of the soul' which continue to ring with the wind, a sound that remains even when no one is listening. These are placed to reproduce the map of the stars on the night the artist was born, September 6th, 1944. 'Animitas' refers to the altars that native Indians put on the side of the road to honour the dead. The artist believed that we are surrounded by ghosts, which is materialised by these bells.

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bells, acrylic & steel

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