We Make Money Not Art is featuring the funerary work of artist Chanjoong Kim. This sculpture, called "The Last House" is not simply a memorial, it is an ash container and a structural support for urban architecture. Talk about multipurposing!
The Last House [is] a vertical, fragile-looking and intricate vertical super-columbarium.* The lack of land doesn't allow people to have personal graveyards anymore. Just like residential situation such as huge apartment complex in Seoul, the function of graveyard would also have to be transformed into high-density, vertical storage spaces. 18 3D structural frame blocks are bundled by six floating platforms where people can worship and enjoy the urban scenery. By applying solar cells to the surface of the ash container, the columbarium wouldn't be only a place of death anymore but a new breed of urban infrastructure that generates clean energy for the city.
The nice techno-trendy touch of the project is that mourners wouldn't have to bring flowers to show the deceased how much they miss him/her. A phone number would be assigned to the ash container. Each time you call the number, a little light would glow on the tower.
*A columbarium is
a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceasedâ€™s cremated remains). The term comes from the Latin columba (dove) and originally referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons.