Sunday, September 20, 2009

Become pencils after you pass away...

Become pencils after you pass away...: "


Nadine Jarvis's 'Carbon copies'... A little morbid, but a clever idea

Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind. Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.

I don't think it's morbid. I think it's lovely. Write about me with me after I'm dead. via


Bombsaway said...

Thats totally fascinating to me.. though I still don't quite understand how it works.

Jen said...

I think they take your post-cremation ashes (ashes are carbon, right?) and use them to make pencil leads. And this little box has a pencil sharpener attached, so it catches all of the lead/you that is shaved off by the sharpener. And after the pencils are used up, you have a memento. Or something.


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