"Bone rack"

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1997
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    Photo: William Arnett
Description: 

If there is a focal point of Gilchrist’s grounds, it is a group of assemblages in the part of the yard where he keeps his animals (raccoons, rabbits, etc.) and fowl (chickens and ducks). There is a “bone rack,” a fence to which are tied perhaps a hundred animal bones, each, according to Gilchrist, chosen and placed for a specific reason.

If there is a focal point of Gilchrist’s grounds, it is a group of assemblages in the part of the yard where he keeps his animals (raccoons, rabbits, etc.) and fowl (chickens and ducks). There is a “bone rack,” a fence to which are tied perhaps a hundred animal bones, each, according to Gilchrist, chosen and placed for a specific reason. This rack, he says, “guards against all evil, everything badthat can happen, not just a one thing. I put it out there for general protection.” Near it is a bed frame, also draped with bones, which has a more specialized purpose for curing “people who suffer from nightmares and unpleasant dreams.”