When Amber Clisura got divorced, she rid her house of all reminders of her ex-husband, with the exception of one treasured item: a polished steel barbecue smoker her former partner had made for her from an old, four-legged oil drum.
"It sat there on the patio and rusted and rusted, and it became a sad symbol of the relationship," Clisura told The Associated Press.
When Clisura heard the Museum Of Broken Relationships was asking for submissions, she finally decided to part with her cherished item. Despite her decision, it was an emotional moment for her.
"A woman met me downstairs, and as I was handing it over, I burst into tears," Clisura said. "It felt like a weight was lifted."
The museum displays each item accompanied by a time span of the relationship, and short description of why it contains sentimental value. Some pieces in the museum include an ax, handcuffs, a glass horse, and a Peter Pan plush toy.
The museum is divided into three sections: the Material Remains Layout, where the tangible items are showcased, the Virtual Web Museum, where registered visitors can upload their memorabilia to the site's database, and the Confessional, which is an interactive segment, where participants can store their objects or messages, or record their confessions in a secluded space.
"It's cathartic the way a good, sad movie is cathartic," she said. "On some level, you know this person's moving on, and they've survived," director Alexis Hyde said, the museum's director.
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