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City of the Dead - Giclée Art Prints

City of the Dead - Giclée Art Prints

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Artist Statement:

This piece was shot at Mountain View Cemetery in Piedmont, CA. Mountain View Cemetery was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park, and also The Emerald Necklace in Boston, one of my favorites. He headed the pre-eminent landscape architecture and planning consultancy of late nineteenth-century America.

Many of California's important historical figures, drawn by Olmsted's reputation, are buried here, and there are many grandiose crypts in tribute to the wealthy, especially along the ridge section with a view across the Bay to the San Francisco skyline, known as "Millionaires' Row"

This particular crypt in the row belongs to Frederick Delger. German shoemaker and multimillionaire. Too much info about him to fit here but he is easily googleable and lived an interesting life! I really liked the design of the crypt and the juxtaposition of it against a cloudless sky.  Many notable burials here to explore. But perhaps the most interesting to me, is Elizabeth Short, AKA The Black Dahlia. One of the most famous and highly publicized/fictionalized murders in american history.


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