It’s a rare sight – a traditional bonsai garden and a graveyard perched atop a skull, cherry blossom trees cradling eye sockets, there’s something so fragile about the delicate balance of life and death they maintain.
Each skull by handmade by Australian artist, Andrew Firth. The skulls are cast in PVC plastic and molded from a real human skull. Firth’s company, Jack of the Dust gets its name of an obsolete United States Navy occupational designation. The term has its origin in the royal navy of the early 1800’s when ship’s stewards were known as “Jack-of-the-dust”, referring to the dusty atmosphere created by issuing quantities of flour and dried biscuit.
It’s a rather unique take on “Momento Mori,”(which means “remember that you can die” in Latin).