the epitaph project locations
the epitaph project: archive
see a selection of the 300+ collected epitaphs
leave an epitaph?
the epitaph project: book
the epitaph project

the epitaph project exists as a traditional tombstone carved from slate, finished as a chalkboard and accompanied by a bronze chalk box sited in the cemetery as well as other permanent and intermittent locations.
Passersby are invited to write an epitaph in chalk on the tombstones which are photographed to illustrate projections of meaning upon self and death as well as introducing people to a public parkland that is virtually unused.
There's something clarifying about composing or even thinking about one's own epitaph. There can be a sense of self discovery to it as well as both humor and high seriousness.
In this way all spectators are also performers and the project, while attempting to engage taboos on death, is ultimately about life. Finally it is an open possibility lying in wait for whoever might pass.

click here to see "the epitaph project" at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery website and to see the 3 minute video loop produced by the Forever Network
©Joyce Burstein