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DAN ELBORNE

Deathgate

Over the past few months i've reached several milestones for the Deathgate project. Working toward the ultimate goal of 1.3 million handmade ceramic 'stones' for each detainee of the Auschwitz camps, I recently cleared 3 years since I started this project. The deadline of finishing later this year (November 21st) is clear in sight and absolutely achievable.

The final work will present two separate beds of the 'stones:' one containing 1.1 million for those who were killed in the camps, and the other containing 200,000 for those who survived. Not too long ago I exceeded 1.1 million ceramic 'stones' made, meaning that (as I have structured the production in my head) I have now shifted to producing a 'stone' for each survivor. Mentality-wise, this has been a personal shifting point and an interesting adjustment to be experiencing. I'll write more about this in the future.

For now, my lack of updating this page isn't for a lack of work. Amongst maintaining the production of 10,000 pieces per week for the Deathgate project, I am also blending the different fired clay types in an attempt to closely colour match what can be found onsite at the Auschwitz camps today. This means a lot of shovelling, re-weighing and re-bagging the completed 'stones' so they are exhibition ready, and to confirm my total number made so far.

More updates to come.

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Photography: James Green (Instagram @jamestgreen)

Background photograph by Alec Shultz.