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Art Show: Day of the Dead 2010

The Ghost Rider

by Kathy Hatt

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Art: The Ghost Rider by Artist Kathy Hatt
Day of the Dead (dia de los Muertos) is a traditional celebration that dates back several thousand years. Instead of being a celebration of sadness, it is a week long celebration and connection to the souls of those who have departed life. Families spend considerable time planning and preparing for the celebration. The skeleton figure predominates the parades and gatherings. In my yard art I feature the skeleton riding a horse who is searching for the souls of his departed family members. The skeleton is constructed of cement and natural wood from fallen trees. The ribs and body parts are constructed from fallen cottonwood tree limbs. Using fallen wood represents the transition from life to death in the flora as well as in persons. The Day of the Dead is usually celebrated in October and lasts into early November. Remembrances are left at cemeteries and include gifts, photos, candles and other memorabilia.

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Detail Image for art The Ghost Rider

Detail Image for art The Ghost Rider

Detail Image for art The Ghost Rider


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