Skount’s last quick mural painted in Amsterdam, is titled “Charon in a desert of souls”! This mural was inspired by Charon from the Greek Mythology, the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.
A coin used to be paid to Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person. The people who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred of years.
In this case, the artist, has illustrated Charon carrying a “rich Soul” through a desert of desires and hopes created by “lost souls” that they couldn’t afford their payment to the afterlife because they didn’t have a life chord similar to the religious and economic canons established by the society where only capitalism, consumerism and banal beliefs help us survive and bring us to the heaven.
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