If tradition accustoms us to the coffin of wood or, on the contrary, to cremation, there is little originality in the matter. It is however common to plant a tree in memory of an important being. But what would you say if you were told your body could be used as a fertilizer for a tree after your death? Thanks to funeral capsules it is now possible. And if we could “become” this tree?
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have developed a biological and biodegradable coffin.
This takes the form of a giant egg that would serve as a seed for a new life: a tree. Once buried, a tree plant would be placed over to draw its resources in the one who has made the choice to give a new meaning to his last trip.
Designers do not want to stay at the conceptual stage. They plan to create the first tree cemetery rather than the usual rows of graves. Objective: that the death of men, like that of all things, can create new lives, rather than cutting down trees to bury coffins. One would not come to pray in front of a stone, but in front of a tree, in the heart of a sacred forest, which one would eventually have to maintain and love.
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel , two Italian designers, created Capsula Mundi. It is an egg-shaped container, made of a modern material, starch bio-plastic, in which the body is placed in a fetal position. Then, we plant a tree or a seed on the egg which feeds by the body below. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, parents and friends take care of it when death occurs. Thanks to the funerary capsules, a cemetery will no longer be filled with tombstones and will become a sacred forest.
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