• The Sugar Sepulcher
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The Sugar Sepulcher
The Sugar Sepulcher
The Sugar Sepulcher
The Sugar Sepulcher
The Sugar Sepulcher
The Sugar Sepulcher
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The Sugar Sepulcher

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Collection: Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ Series: 2020 (PC020402.16)


Material Category
Thesis
Description
The Sugar Sepulcher is an enduring and sustainable burial ritual that uses apiculture as a means of reconsidering our relationship to decomposition and rebirth and reestablishing the importance of community in mourning processes. This project was created to present the possibility of a sustainable and secular, community-driven funerary option. As the loved ones of the deceased assist in the transformation of the human remains into edible honey, participants are inspired to reflect on the significance of community relationships in the context of mourning, as well as the impact of traditional burial practices on the environment. The ritual derives its power from its ability to facilitate social engagement, calling for individuals to work together to create a working natural system that enables ecological processes of regeneration and renewal.

Creator Keywords:
ritual, intervention, sustainability, burial ritual, mourning, community, sustainable ritual, eco-friendly, alternative burial, honey, apiculture, beekeeping, community garden, social intervention
Date
May 1 2020
Related people
Kelsey Leuenberger (designer)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
John Sharp (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Jamie Lauren Keiles (thesis advisor)
Design
Use Restrictions
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Identifier
PC020402_2020_leuek589

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