Category Archives: Soulful Expressions

Brian Eno’s “The Quiet Room” Meshes Art with Wellness

Eno uses visual art and music to make hospital stays more relaxing for patients

The sterile setting of a hospital might be the last place you’d imagine seeing an immersive, experimental work of art by Brian Eno. But this is exactly where he wanted his music and visual art to reside. Brian Eno’s “The Quiet … Continue reading

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American Fallen Soldiers Helps Brings Loved Ones Home Again

How an artist put a project in motion to help the family of a fallen friend

In July, 2006, artist Phil Taylor received some devastating information. His best friend, Blake, who was fighting in the war on terror, had been killed. Stunned and not knowing what to say to Blake’s family, Phil attended the memorial service. … Continue reading

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Art from Auschwitz Serves as a Warning in Dark Times

Art from Holocaust survivors reminds us why we cannot forget

In the wake of last week’s horrific violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, I, like most Americans, found myself asking, “How could this happen here?” Our country is not immune to domestic terrorism, certainly. From the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to the … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Shawn Thornton Paints His Cancer

How an artist channeled a pineal gland tumor into stunning paintings

Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Thornton, now 40, suffered from a cancerous tumor of the pineal gland in his 20s.  Later, he channeled the pain of that experience into creating paintings that speak both to contemporary and yonder periods of art. The works … Continue reading

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Willow Row Barrow Finds Inspiration in Old Burial Techniques

The columbarium is the first stone barrow built in Cambridgeshire in 3,500 years

Columbariums are usually simple, utilitarian spaces, designed solely for the purpose of storing the ashes of those who have died. Often part of a funeral home or a church, they rarely provide space for family and friends to gather and … Continue reading

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Hofheide Crematorium Uses Shadow to Create A Work of Art

Modern crematoriums abandon architectural norms in favor of bold designs

In the past, a crematorium had one simple purpose: to cremate the dead. Today, many families now gather in these spaces to remember loved ones. But most crematoriums still lack bold decor or elaborate architecture. They’re not the warmest, friendliest … Continue reading

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