Getting a Creative Burial, Dancing on Joseph Grimaldi’s Grave

September 2, 2010

Considered the “the first whiteface clown”, Grimaldi shuffled off the mortal coil on 31 May 1837 and now his memorial at Grimaldi Park in Islington in London has been reopened to ‘dance on his grave’:

“Making a monument to a man who would have scorned the idea of permanence, heroism or any of the other qualities normally associated with funerary memorials was an interesting challenge… I wanted to create something that is constantly changing, a joyous interlude from the silence of death.” – Henry Krokatsis

Two phosphor bronze tiled caskets which react to pressure by playing musical notes invite people to tap to their heart’s content as a memorial to the man.

Quite a remarkable memorial for a gent who certainly made his impact on showbiz!

Links > Creative Review and Wikipedia

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