The range of lawn decorations goes from cute little dwaves...happy animals and life size figures to downright raunchy and obscenely silly. Today I saw a collection of nains de jardin in a resale store hidden in the back corner with the lable "Fuck Nains"....here, above, is one of the cuter lil' guys.
See, I rarely think about my own mortality. A few years ago, I jokingly mentioned to a friend, who is a trained professional sculpture, that I would like to be cremated and have my ashes put into a nasty little lawn dwarf. Maybe if the technology existed, it could have a solar panel that powered a hidden speaker that would have a motion sensor so every time an unwitting victim walked by, the dwarf would say, "Hey lady! Psssst! Hey, over here...I wanna show you something...."
My buddy said if I sent him a drawing, he would do it in stone. What a legacy! Future generations warning their kids not to go over to "that part of the lawn" because their great uncle Microdot is still lurking in the bushes. I kinda liked that.
|The Bios Urn|
You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition.
His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.
A pretty nifty idea. Maybe he'll actually make a few bucks with it. A great conversational holiday gift item for the entire family. Needless to say, the party broke up....