Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time

I watched a programme on BBC yesterday called ‘Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time’ which was an investigation into why in Pompeii the victims were quite literally frozen in time, but in nearby Herculaneum, all that was left of the inhabitants was skeletons. I won’t go into the scientific detail (there are clips on the link above), but it struck me incredible that an event that was so destructive could also hold the power to preserve. It also struck a chord with my project and gave me some ideas about how bring a new visual element to the sculptures. So far, they have been relatively based on my own experiences and imagination, but I am going to start doing some studies of the casts from Pompeii to give me some new ideas.

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