By Lorenzo Jensen III. Photo: Flickr martin
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 settlers, the evolution of gravestone and coffin makers’ tools, the significance of photographing corpses andmourning attire.
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.
“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.