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Nepalese earthquake rubble inspires creative response

Two years after deadly tremor, local artists seek meaning in aftermath of disaster

Installation piece “Infinite Mirror” by Mahima Singh echoes the rubble of Kasthamandap Temple, which collapsed in the 2015 quake. (Courtesy Mahima Singh)

KATHMANDU -- On April 25, 2015, about 50 people had gathered in the centuries-old Kasthamandap Temple in central Kathmandu to donate blood. The blood donation camp, organized by Nimbus Savings and Credit Co-operative, was about to wrap up. But just before noon, it was jolted by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

The temple, a three-story pagoda built in the seventh century, collapsed in the quake, killing 10 people, including Nima Singh, a petite 25-year-old who worked at the cooperative as an accountant.

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