Thursday, August 30, 2012


"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
-Martin Luther

When I die, I hope people forget me and I don't really care what they do with the body. Its just a chunk of decaying meat at that point and it can be thrown on the city dump for all I care. However a recently designed product has caught my interest.

Its by Estudimoline, the design company of catalan artist Gerard Moline, and its called . Essentially you take the cremated remains of someone, put them in this biodegradable container with some seeds, plant the whole thing and keep it watered. It becomes a tree over time, from the ashes.

That seems like a pretty good thing to do with a body. I believe that there were Southwestern Indian tribes that would do this as well, use the body for nutrients so they could grow plants. Beats being packed full of chemicals and stored in a box in a special yard forever. What's the point of that?

Someday maybe people come visit the Christopher Tree some time, if they feel compelled to have some sort of memorial. God only knows why you would.


vanderleun said...

when god lets my body be

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passions wastes

will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow

Into strenous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with their face
and all the while shall my heart be

With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea

-- ee cummings

Marie said...

I might comment that you should consider that Jesus died to save your body as well as your soul. It does not seem He considered your body as nothing; He has at great price ordained that it (you) will be resurrected, perfected, on the Judgment Day.

Therefore I think we ought not think too lightly of our bodies. I don't think God does.

Christopher R Taylor said...

Oh sure, but when I'm dead... that's just not me any more. The body I get in paradise, assuming God has mercy, will be glorified. This one is just a mess.

Aptronym said...

"God only knows why you would."

Because you have brought a light to this world.