In a culture far removed from nature, with lives overloaded with material objects, death is so distant, it is often dealt with as a taboo. From a biological point of view, death is not the end but the beginning of a way back to nature: the body produces new elements through natural transformations.

Capsula Mundi has redisgned the coffin, using secular and universal symbols of life: the egg, the tree and the fetal position.

The two italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have designed an egg-shaped pod made of biodegradable material, where the ashes will put in or the departed’s body will be laid down in a fetal position. The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it, as a legacy for future generations and the future of the planet. Family and friends will take care of it. Cemeteries will acquire a new look: no more cold grey tombstones but living trees creating a forest, a holy forest.

Now the project is at a turning point! The Capsula for ashes is finally into production but there is more job to do in order to realize the Capsula for the body, so they decided to ask the support of their audience!
The crowdfunding campaign will be on Kickstarter at until the 30th of June.

The goal is 60.000 euro. With this fund they will engineer the industrial prototype and produce the moulds in light plastic material to make the first samples of the Capsula for the body!

As the two designer said in their talk on the stage of the TEDxCrocetta “and indeed we want that future archaeologists could think that in a society that was progressing to destroy nature, there were also “dissidents” that thought differently”.

More info:

Capsula Mundi: a tree for life

Green burial project: the prototype of the Capsula Mundi for the body

Capsula Mundi: a tree for life