Essex Street Mini-Mummy Part of “Still Counting” Installation

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 at 6:09 am by

A five-year-old New Jersey tragedy is the subject of a powerful street statement outside the Essex Street Market.  Last week, a smallish mummified effigy appeared in the branches of a tree where it’s been dangling ever since.  A small tag attached to the figurine has a stamp that reads “murdered,” alongside the plug of a website –

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The below news snippet was the inspiration:

EWING — The College of New Jersey seniors graduated last Friday without a mention of John Fiocco Jr., the freshman whose disappearance and death continues to puzzle his grieved family and investigators.

In fact, Susan and John Fiocco have hired Dr. Michael Baden, a high-profile pathologist who hosts HBO’s “Autopsy” show, and attorney Glenn Zeitz of Haddonfield.

The Fioccos want to solve the awful riddle of what happened to their son the day he disappeared from TCNJ’s campus and wound up dead a month later in a Tullytown, Pa., dump.

This Essex Street mini-mummy is part of an ongoing street project by Michael Mut about the losses due to violence, war, and murder.  The idea was first conceived in 2004, but re-imagined as “Still Counting” after the tenth anniversary of 9/11.  For the next month or so, thousands of these mini-memorials will continue to be exhibited at the Michael Mut Gallery on Avenue C.

Over 9,000 mummies in heaps and piles confront the insanity of murder.  New mummies will be created daily to commemorate the murders that take place every day around the globe.

Still Counting is on display until December 1 at the Michael Mut Gallery, 97 Avenue C.

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