Say goodbye to coffins… organic burial pods will turn your body into a tree after you die (mirror.co.uk)

A bizarre burial alternative to turn your body into a tree after you die is trying to be got off the ground – or rather under it – in Italy.
This radical different approach to death explores the concepts of life coming full circle and returning human beings to the earth in the same position they entered into the world from in the womb – and life continuing to live on.
The idea is that your dead body is placed in the foetal position in a organic burial capsule that turns your corpse into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of your remains.
Boring cemeteries could acquire a new look – instead of being a typical “cold grey landscape” they can grow into vibrant forests. Burial plots are notoriously in ever decreasing supply and eco experts and climate change campaigners would likely also welcome the opportunity for people to ‘give something back’ to the planet in death.
The Capsula Mundi Project is the brainchild of designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel who are developing it in Italy as a concept to “redesign the coffin” – but it could take off worldwide if there is enough enthusiasm.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/say-goodbye-coffins-organic-buria…

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Designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli with one of their burial pods

Unique things that people will buy…

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/arts/design/mortality-lives-again-as-funeral-and-cemetery-items-pique-interest.html?smid=fb-share

Books and auctions are embracing artifacts relating to funerals and cemeteries.

The painful subjects of mourning and burying the dead are drawing attention at museums and auction houses, while some attractions in the field are reaching the ends of their runs.

In the last year the Museum of Death in Los Angeles opened a New Orleans branch, where coffins and autopsy equipment are displayed, and a show at the Palace of Versailles, “The King Is Dead” (through Feb. 21), commemorates the 300th anniversary of Louis XIV’s fatal bout of gangrene and examines his embalmment, elaborate funeral and interment. There have been shows and books about Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, the graves of early Maryland settlersthe evolution of gravestone and coffin makers’ tools, the significance of photographing corpses andmourning attire.

 

 

 

 

Something new in the ever growing environment conscious industry.

Aquamation uses the chemical process of alkaline hydrolysis – the natural way in which a body decomposes if placed in a flowing stream of water.

A combination of flowing water, high temperature and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural course of tissue hydrolysis and chemical breakdown.

The process takes place in a stainless steel vessel, and is completely automated, operated by a single button.

At the end of this short process, the body has been broken down into chemical form and dissolved into the water. The only similarity to traditional cremation is that the only solid remains are the bones which are then returned to the family as ashes, as with cremation.

http://www.aquamationindustries.com/

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Rio’s Welcome Sign – 2016 Olympics.

“Solar City Tower”, built atop the island of Cotonduba, will be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water.
The tower, captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as also for part of Rio. It pumps up water from the ocean to create what appears like a water fall
and this fall stimulates turbines that produce energy during the night. It will also hold the Olympic flame.
http://jimspages.com/The-Rio-Welcome-Sign-2016-Olympics.htm

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