1000 years ago, guardians of time were a part of every advanced civilization. These hooded visitors from another realm were deemed responsible for myriad disappearances, damnations, and behavioral changes in entire groups of people. Scientists and students of the paranormal alike studied them in great depth, but found out nothing. Over time, interest died out, as did credibility, and people stopped thinking about them. At least so the story goes...

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Today, Austrian artist Manfred Kielhnhofer forces us to rethink the existence of these real-life grim reapers with his surreal depictions of them. Were they the first aliens to ever land on earth? Messengers sent back in history from the present to teach the ancient man how to create the future?

Whatever they are, the images of them are stunning. Images by Manfred Kielnhofer

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