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Resting Reef or renewal through death

The death industry kills. Beyond the easy wordplay, the numbers speak for themselves. Every year in the United States, 1.6 million tons of cement and steel are used to shape graves and 20 million liters of toxic embalming fluid are discharged into the groundwater. A tragedy for biodiversity and the environment. Faced with this observation, designers Aura Murillo and Louise Skajem have conceived a new rite that would benefit nature, and particularly the oceans – one of the first victims of climate change. Their formula? Combine human ashes with shellfish from the food industry. This material would then be used to design, via 3D printing, capsules installed in the seabed where oysters and mollusks could make their home. A beautiful initiative that combines ecology and poetry.

Lisa Agostini