Life Goes On, Until it Doesn't by Charles Constantine

Life Goes On, Until it Doesn't by Charles Constantine

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 10, 2010

Design: Life Goes On, Until it Doesn't
Materials: Pine, Oak, Ceramic
Designer: Charles Constantine

"This project deals with the North American funeral ritual. I examined the ways in which the dead are treated both in current North American society and in other cultures, the underlying concepts behind these ways of doing things, and whether these practices truly serve the best interests both of the dead and of the living. Through my work I have sought to create value and memory through the use of symbolic content drawn from a number of traditions, as well as to promote healing through the thoughtful use of ritual."


"More information on each object is available at my site. I understand that this seems like more than one "product" but its not really the objects that matter, it is the singular idea that the project embodies. All of these objects are meant to be placed in the home to spark discussion and promote awareness. They all have secondary uses: a table/coffin, a vase/ urn, and a sculpture/ urn, respectively.

Every year in the U.S. 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, 90,000 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper, 1,636,000 tons of concrete, and 30,000,000 bd. ft of wood are deposited in our cemeteries. That is only the material problem, the psychological dilemma runs even deeper.

The only way to change the way we deal with death is to talk about it, and the home is where we are most comfortable, so that is where I'm trying to spark the discussion."

Designer: Charles Constantine
Location: Brooklyn, NY



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