Eric Edward Esper
Heaven's Gate Cult Mansion, 18241 Colina Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, California, March, 1997
2009
Oil on canvas
24x24
A mysterious UFO cult led by Marshal Applewhite believed that a space ship following the Hale-Bopp comet was coming for them. In order to transcend to a higher spiritual level the followers and Applewhite released their souls from their physical earth bodies to join the space ship. The 39 castrated decomposing bodies were found wearing matching black warm up suits and Nike shoes in rows of bunk beds on March 26 1997. Their website is still online: http://www.wave.net/upg/gate/
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