What if that cemetery full of granite and stone could be replaced by a sacred forest?
An Italian company, Capsula Mundi, is working on just that. Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, both designers, have developed an entirely new casket that promotes the greening of cemeteries. This casket takes on one of nature’s most perfect and organic shapes, the egg.
The Capsula Mundi is planted into the earth just as you would a seed and a tree is planted directly on top. The idea is that the larger the tree grows the more its roots will envelope the egg-shaped capsule as it decomposes. The tree will then serve as a memorial for the deceased as opposed to a tombstone.