It can be of modest comfort to remember when a lover passes away that their memory lives on inside of you.
Now thanks to a new product called 21 Grams, you can be a vessel to more than just their memory.
Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom’s “memory box” opens with an elegant key that doubles as a pendant necklace, and inside are an assortment of elements intended to stimulate your sense-memory of the deceased.
A built-in perfume or cologne sprayer:
And an iPhone dock to play their favorite music:
But what’s getting the most attention (and raising several moral questions along the way) for obvious reasons is the box’s main component.
A small gold-plated urn that holds up to 21 grams of ashes inside a blown-glass dildo:
“I read an article about widows, taboos and sex and intimacy and then I thought to myself: ‘can I combine these themes and make an object that is about love and missing and intimacy?” Sturkenboom explains.
The project’s name is derived from the idea that the human soul weighs 21 grams, which has been largely discredited since the famous early 20th century experiments that weighed people before and after their deaths.
Regardless, we’re not remotely sold on an ash-filled dildo.
“We live in a time where we are able to manipulate life, adjust the way that we look, where the possibilities are endless if it comes to body enhancements, but there is one thing we still cannot answer, the unavoidable passing of life,” says Sturkenboom. “But I can sure try.”
Some questions just aren’t meant to be answered.
h/t: Dangerous Minds