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Artist 3D prints sculptures with human ashes Answered

Dutch artist Wieke Somers has created a series of sculptures that are made with human ashes. She uses a 3D printer to assemble them, although there's no detail about the construction process in this article. Much more attention is given to the reasoning why in a classic artist statement:

dutch design studio wieke somers does not want to discard the many benefits of technological innovation and its inherent mentality and the joy and will to create. instead she wants to make a statement about the current state of affairs in design and our conviction that we need a new view on what is necessary in the 21st century.

her project 'consumer or conserve' evaluates this notion of a second-life. she considers,
how human ashes can be reused by means of rapid prototyping or 3D printing, so that we may afford someone a 'second life' as a rocking chair, vacuum cleaner, perhaps even a toaster? would we become more attached to these objects if this was the case? would our willingness to pay more for a product increase if it is made from human tissue or ashes?

I'd guess the answer is "no." Little bit creepy. Then again, Ed Headrick from Frisbee had his remains mixed in with a bunch of discs after he passed on so who knows?

wieki somers: consume or conserve
via inhabitat


These are beautiful results but the medium would be tough to ignore for most Westerners!

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I wonder if they could do a hamburger? Tasty.


8 years ago

Hmm, I'd rather not have my grandmother turned into a toaster.

This is an awesome concept! I wonder if Ed Headrick has spent most of his afterlife stuck up on a roof somewhere. ;)

Charles Krafft has been doing this for over a decade, making bone china porcelain from human cremains. [Salon article]

He's probably best known for his "Disasterware" series of slip-cast and hand-painted armaments.