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Mourn, 2017-ongoing

It was designed by Nienke Hoogvliet and studio of Studio Nienke Hoogvliet. It is dated 2017-ongoing. Its medium is urn for over-fertilized soil, urn for rich soil, urn for poor soil, photograph of wastewater. It is a part of the department.

These biodegradable funerary urns are comprised of cremation ashes and a biodegradable plastic known as PHA, which helps regulate the disintegration process of the ashes. This allows toxins in the ashes to break down gradually into less impactful components that can then be absorbed into the soil and water. Nienke Hoogvliet collaborated with the Dutch Water Authority to produce the bioplastic.

It is credited Courtesy of the Energy and Raw Materials Factory initiated by the Dutch Water Authorities.

  • Box And Cover
  • lacquer and tortoiseshell.
  • Bequest of Katherine Strong Welman.
  • 1908-23-21-a/d
  • Drawing, Funerary Vessel with Thre
  • watercolor, graphite, ruled border in brush and blac support: white laid paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-3947

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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