Culture This Golden Dildo Will Hold Your Partner’s Ashes

| Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:31

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Most of us have had memory boxes at some point in our lives. They’re the shoeboxes we stuff keepsakes in, shrines filled with vestiges and artifacts of past relationships. After a bad breakup, you might burn one.

A new product offers a unique twist on the memory box to people whose lovers have died. Closed to the rest of the world by a lock that opens with a gold-plated brass key, the box contains a scent diffuser to hold a loved one’s perfume or cologne, an amplifier that plays music from an iPhone, and — you knew this part was coming — a hand-blown glass dildo that holds a small glass urn, meant for a user to fill with a partner’s ashes.

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The project, called 21 Grams after the (now-discredited) belief that the human soul weighs 21 grams, was inspired by Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom’s friendship with an elderly widow. She spoke lovingly about her husband, but Sturkenboom felt the current urn didn’t do his memory justice.

“In that same period I read an article about widows, taboos and sex and intimacy,” Sturkenboom told Dezeen, “and then I thought to myself: ‘can I combine these themes and make an object that is about love and missing and intimacy?'”

Combine them he did. The box itself is made of layered wood, hand-sanded and painted a pale matte gray. It’s made to order, and, as best we can tell, you’ll have to buy one through Sturkenboom directly.

When I first saw this, I thought, “What a perfect shock-and-awe post for Nadia’s site!” But the more I think about it, the more I realize that one day I might find a woman that I’ll spend my life with. And, knowing me, I’ll likely die before she does. If pouring some of my crusty ashes into a gold urn, putting that urn into a hand-blown dildo, and fucking herself with that dildo makes the unconquerable distance between us feel a little more manageable, more power to her. It’s a beautiful thing — albeit one I don’t want to think about in much detail.

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h/t Dezeen via The Verge 

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