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Odd news: Artists appeal to people with 6 months to live to donate their bones for art

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A pair of artists are appealing for people with six months left to live to donate their bones – to an ART project.

Joseph and Alicia Sparda are trying to find 33 willing participants who know they are going to die in the next six months – and are willing to hand over their remains.

With the nearly 7,000 bones, they want to create a series of bizarre works of art.

Joseph, from Boston in the US, took inspiration from the Sedlec Ossuary in Prague.

Often called the ‘Bone Church’, the Ossuary is decorated with the bones of more than 40,000 people.

Extraordinarily, 134 supporters have ‘liked’ their Facebook page called ‘Unburying the Bones’

Joseph, 35, wants the project to “break down the barriers between fear and death,” but admits the responses haven’t all been positive.

One respondent from London accused Joseph of dealing with people like “toys”.

“It’s not like that at all though – anyone who donates their bones will, of course, have a say in what we do with them,” say he said.

Alicia, 32, has a specific idea in mind for Blanche Taylor Moore, the oldest death-row inmate in North Carolina, who she has asked to participate.

“I’d like to turn her bones into a tree of life,” said Alicia.

Now 83, Blanche was convicted in 1990 for slipping her boyfriend arsenic.

Alicia said: “Joseph and I have a little joke that one day I’ll poison his coffee – so Blanche seemed the perfect choice for the project.”

The couple, who recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and share three children from previous relationships, think their idea isn’t gruesome at all.

“We like the dark arts,” Alicia said. “Because they’re all about facing your fears.”

SOURCE: mirror.co.uk 15-03-2013

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