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THE SUBSTANCE

The substance is a timeless constant. Blood, milk and ashes are the main substances in the ancient symbolism. The blood is an image of a human as the prime life carrier; the milk is a ‘drink of life’ and a sign of the first food and rebirth; the ashes are an epitome of the fragility, evanescence, and perish- able nature of the earthly life.

 

A history of constant interchange behind these symbols accurately describes what happened to the areas around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, such as the ghost town of Pripyat. Being introduced in a form that is familiar and self-explanatory to modern people, the symbols clearly demonstrate their timeless relevance, thus reminding the quaint images and their meaning and sending viewers back to their origins.

 

All three symbols are stored in transparent glass vessels; the containers that are easily recognizable and associated with the storage of these matters (namely, a plastic blood bag, a metal milk can, and a ceramic ash urn) stand next to them.