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Mortality has long been a theme in art. Decaying fruit or flowers, burnt out candles, clocks, skulls: symbols reminding us that death is inevitable appear everywhere. Memento mori is the term, Latin for remember [you must, you have to] die.Back in the day—medieval times—it was mostly about preparing for the afterlife. Artists are still influenced by death and its role in life, of course. And seldom does the relevance strike harder than in Gowanus, where access to the ultimate muse is as inspiring as it is ironic. 

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