About the Project
Creative Time is pleased to announce the commission of Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery, a 25 year long new public artwork by the internationally renowned French conceptual artist Sophie Calle co-presented with Green-Wood Cemetery. The project will debut with a two daylong inaugural event on April 29th and 30th, 2017. The artist will be present on April 29th and 30th from 12 – 5 PM.
To inaugurate the project, the public is invited to Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to privately unburden and inter their most intimate confessions.
During the two-day opening, in a setting nestled among the mausoleums and monuments of Green-Wood’s verdant rolling hills, visitors will transcribe their secrets onto paper, and deposit them into the earth below, through a slot on a marble obelisk of Calle’s design. The artist will be on hand during the two-day event to receive some visitors’ secrets.
The two-day performance will be open and free to the public. Guests are invited to spend the day exploring the sculptures and monuments throughout Green-Wood, a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. Free maps of the cemetery, specially designed to accompany Calle’s installation, will be available. Guided walking tours will be offered at no cost, starting at 1pm and leaving every half hour. The “Stories & Symbols” tour will emphasis the cemetery’s symbols and iconography, and feature some of Green-Wood’s most infamous and interesting residents. Visitors also have the option of a self-guided tour.
Following the inaugural performance weekend, visitors to the Cemetery can see Calle’s installation during regular cemetery hours and independently deposit secrets into the marble obelisk. Calle has also pledged to return periodically over the next 25 years, each time the grave is filled, to exhume and cremate them in a ceremonial bonfire service and moment of remembrance.
Due to crowd size and time limitations, not all visitors will be able to interact directly with Calle. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For those who are unable to speak to the artist, or who wish to keep their secrets to themselves, you may deposit your secret directly into the monument over the inaugural weekend, or any day thereafter for the next 25 years.