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Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms.

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and mushroom lover. In her early work, as a grad student at MIT, she built systems that reworked basic human processes: sleeping (check out her it-just-might-work vertical bed from 2004), urinating and eating (and the relationship between the two). Now she's working on a compelling new plan for the final human process: decomposition.

Her Infinity Burial Project explores the choices we face after death, and how our choices reflect our denial or acceptance of death’s physical implications. She's been developing a new strain of fungus, the Infinity Mushroom, that feeds on and remediates the industrial toxins we store in our bodies and convert our unused bodies efficiently into nutrients. Her Infinity Burial System converts corpses into clean compost. She was in residence at the MAK Center in Los Angeles this fall working on the project. And if this vision of life after death appeals to you, sign up to become a Decompinaut yourself.


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Steven white
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Mushroom burial suit
Reply #1 on : Sun February 14, 2016, 08:18:18
I am interested in Ms. Lee's mushroom burial suit. I've been a mortician since 1982 and my son is a mycologists so this is perfect. My concern is that most, almost all cemeteries require , at the least, a concrete liner that the casket goes into to prevent grave settling. Short of being buried in a shallow grave in the woods, how would it benefit the environment if the mushrooms are contained in a vault?

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