I was not going to share this one with you, simply because it is just a bit too morbidly weird for my taste, but then I thought that you should be reminded just how far people can take an otherwise great idea.
So, 50 years ago, the body of a young girl was fished out of the water in a canal south of Mexico City. A few days later, artist Julian Santana Barrera found a doll floating in the canal, which he thought belonged to the girl. And so he did what anyone in his place would have done — created a shrine for the girl on nearby Isla de la Munecas, or the Island of Dolls, as it would later be called.
Well, the scale of the memorial started all those decades ago was discovered a few days ago by workers who were cleaning the canal. They found countless doll parts suspended from trees, strung from fences and across ramshackle buildings or just piled up on the ground.
The shrine had become, as you are about to discover for yourself, a macabre doll graveyard, which had also become a sinister attraction for tourists flocking to it and adding to its plastic inhabitants.
Make of it what you will. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Children’s toys, weathered and in various states of disrepair, are strung up across a floating garden in Mexico.
2. A doll in a grubby outfit sits half submerged in the canal where a little girl drowned. The artist who created the collection later died in the same stretch of water.
3. Local legend says that an artist created the doll shrine in memory to a young girl who drowned nearby.
4. The sinister-looking shrine attracts plenty of visitors to the island near Mexico City.
5. Layers of dirt and cobwebs have built up on the toys over the decades.
6. The artist’s cabin was also filled with dolls that had been nailed to the wooden walls.
7. The Isla de la Munecas, or Island of Dolls, has become a macabre tourist attraction.
8. A muddle of dolls are piled up around the roots of a tree on the floating garden.
9. The artist is said to have believed that the first doll he found was possessed with the little girl’s spirit.
10. The reclusive artist added to his collection over 50 years, stringing up toys that he found or were given to him by strangers.
11. The artist allegedly created the creepy collection to try to appease the spirit of the drowned girl.
12. The collection has an array of doll types, from Barbies to eyeless plastic babies.
13. Locals claim that the dolls can be heard whispering to each other in the trees.
14. Dolls have been strung from fences, trees and buildings around the floating garden.
And here are the videos:
Via The Daily Mail.
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