The biennial Rookwood collection of sculptures placed within the grounds of the cemetery may seem like a macabre proposition, but if, like me, you find cemeteries a place of peaceful reflection, this is a perfect match.
The curator has done a fabulous job of exhibiting about 50 works that talk to the various facets of our passing: grief, remembrance, respect, confusion and acceptance.
There is always the fascination of the headstones to add to the possibility of reflection. I am always struck by how many people died young in what is really a very recent past. As you look at some of these headstones a s see a family tragedy unfold, you wonder about what that story was. It also makes me think about all the things we have and take for granted in our world of plenty, and the modern tragedy of loneliness and depression that seems to be so common in our society today.
Well worth a visit
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