Incredibly Creepy Collages
San Francisco-based artist Dianne Hoffman creates magnificent mixed media assemblages using recycled and salvaged materials. Each piece is incredibly unique and a bit unsettling. Hoffman’s collection can be viewed on her Flickr page and website. Of her urge to create art, she states:
I have a tendency to personify inanimate objects and feel genuine compassion for those that are damaged or disregarded. I see potential in broken bits and find beauty in rust and erosion. The older an object, the more haunting and alluring its ghost. Collage & assemblage art allows me to indulge these concepts by creating small worlds in a box where tall tales are told, jokes are cracked, emotions stirred, poems imparted and songs are sung. By using images that replicate the past and objects that authenticate it, my pieces become storytellers, dream interpreters and memory inducers. They are innately lyrical and flicker along to their own silent film.
During Monday rush hour this week, a Blue Line train that was scheduled for repairs did a very mysterious thing: it took off without a conductor on board. After quietly and slowly maneuvering its way around the curves of the Forest Park train yard after being parked there for a week, the rogue machine passed through the Forest Park station, headed eastbound on a westbound track and climbed a hill before ramming into another train at Harlem station and injuring 30 people. The media is calling it “the ghost train” and investigators are completely baffled.
The incident is unlike any “veteran city rail workers say they have seen” reports The Chicago Tribune, as multiple failsafes that should have stopped the train didn’t. Robert Kelly, the president of the local rail union, told CBS Chicago he’s never heard of anything like this in 27 years and called it a “great concern” considering “we have people working in these yards 24 hour a day, seven days a week.” To add more to the intrigue, the cameras facing the ghost train when it was parked in the yard the morning of were not working. No one saw anyone leave the train after the collision, not the conductor in the train that was rammed or the Forest Park station supervisor that ran after the rogue train while radioing ahead.
A great article about a mystery on my train line.
I’m sure the train knew what it was doing.
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Jacob’s Well - Wimberley, Texas
My first thought upon scrolling this was a horror story where you jump into the hole…. and keep going down, while something that looks just like you swims back up to the surface.
Terrifying even before I read the comment.
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