Prototypes, 2011

The project 'the last minute' was inspired by burial rituals and traditions from different cultures. The objects are symbolic as well as functional, representing modern interpretations where ritual and tradition meet. The series consists of four pieces, urns and objects, dealing with the concepts of memory and transience.

'sea urn' was inspired by the concept of the 'death ship', a concept known in many cultures. Rather than burying the dead under ground, they were sent across the water. The ceremony of sea burials is an idea that is controversial in our modern culture. Rather than being placed in the water and sinking immediately, the 'sea urn' attempts to capture and prolongue the poetic quality of that moment. The form imitates that of a ship, so that it carries the ashes on the surface of the water, gradually fading into the horizon. Thanks to the properties of 'tonolith', the ship dissolvesa few days after it has been set out to sea.

This urn is characterized by numerous different figurines placed on its lid. One of the figurines can be removed and kept as a memento of the deceased, whereas the jar itself finds its place at the cemetery or on the mantelpiece at home. The inspiration for this concept came from the Egyptian “ushabti statuettes“. In ancient Egypt they represented the embodiment of the dead person.

By collecting the mourner’s tears, and placing a flower inside, new life is awoken. The inspiration came from tear jugs in ancient Rome, into which professional grievers would cry.

Project BMUKK Startstipendium
Photography Georg Milde