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Digital Shrine pays heartwarming homeage to the dead

Write your messages at Camp Hill Cemetery.


Digital Shrine in action - ARAN WILKINSON BLANC
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  • Digital Shrine in action

Sharon Stevens’ Digital Shrine—an interactive installation you can experience at the gates of Camp Hill Cemetery—was sparked by her father’s death. When he died 20 years ago, the funeral and service “did not speak to me, did not ‘hold’ me in a way I could relate to,” recalls Stevens. Digital Shrine explores new and old traditions of paying homage to the dead: “The experience is pleasant, heartwarming, not sombre and glum,” she promises. Stevens invites you to come scribble handwritten messages to loved ones who’ve died and see them digitized and projected at the cemetery. “The words light up the night sky and are like credits at the end of a film, only this time people stay to watch them!” 

Nocturne piece 302, Camp Hill Cemetery Gate, 1600 Summer Street

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