May 2006
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If ever I loose it, I'm going here.

St. Paul hospital is still going strong, advocating more humane ways to treat the mentally challenged.
VanGogh lived in a small cell with only an iron bed, a couple of chairs and a table, but they let him use another room for a studio.
Looking out his barred window, there is a nice view of the walled garden with pink irises and still-green balls of lavender.
Despite the fact he was confined here for a year after he cut off his ear in Arles,
he was enormously productive, churning out about 150 paintings and 100 drawings.
Art is still an important part of treatment. Works by residents are on sale in the gift shop, along with VanGogh prints.

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