Decorating idea: funerary urns as modern art

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Jan• 27•10

Decorative urn
From the Los Angeles Times:

They may be cast in steel, assembled out of driftwood, machined on industrial lathes or hand-carved out of salt, but ultimately all of these urns have two common purposes: to contain and to heal. Rather than be burned, buried or sequestered in a columbarium, the vessels are destined for a more visible final resting place — a mantel, perhaps, or a family room bookshelf, maybe even a spot in the garden.

The dead, you see, are coming home. Though the majority of Americans are still buried in a casket, more are choosing cremation. Rates have risen from 23.6% in 1997 to a projected 39% in 2010, according to the National Funeral Directors Assn., and the figure is expected to hit 60% around 2025. With this rise in cremation comes the emergence of a related field: urn as decorative art.

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2 Comments

  1. Irene R says:

    I’m not sure I would want something so morbid in my home.

  2. Mike says:

    who is the artist.

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