artist: Julia Clay
artwork: Down The Rabbit Hole
location: Chartreuse Military Barracks, Belgium
ALL profits from the sale of this mask go to The Samaritans who are doing an invaluable job of supporting people suffering from anxiety, suicidal thoughts and mental health issues during this current crisis.
- 100% super soft polyester microfiber
- Fabric weight: 2.4–2.5 oz/yd² (80–85 g/m²)
- Available with black finishing
- Elastic bands with PVC earloop size regulators
- Adjustable nose wire
- Pocket for a filter or napkin
- Washable and reusable
- CPSIA compliance certificates here
‘Fort de la Chartreuse’ is part of a line of fortifications along the river Meuse. It was built between 1817 and 1823 to defend the city of Liège and once Belgium split from Holland (1830) it was used by the Belgian army.
The fort was abandoned as a fortification by the military in 1891. From 1914 to 1918 the Germans used it as a prison, and again from 1940 to 1944. 49 people were executed and buried on the site. 1944-1945 it was used by the Americans as a military hospital.
The Belgian army finally left the site in 1988 since when it has been abandoned. Julia visited this abandoned military barracks in 2010 during the ‘Abandoned?’ journey.