Mushroom Death Suit

5934717321_bb03e77a6d_bSomeday the lifeless bodies of all of us may be laid into the cold earth zipped snugly in the outfit at right. Artist Jae Rhim Lee designed her mushroom burial suit to address how we part with the dead — “By trying to preserve the body we poison the living.” The garment is embedded with spores of toxin-cleaning, flesh-eating mushrooms that will consume the corpse wearing it, leaving the earth cleansed and renewed as we make our exit:

The first prototype of the Infinity Burial Suit is a body suit embroidered with thread infused with mushroom spores. The embroidery pattern resembles the dendritic growth of mushroom mycelium. The Suit is accompanied by an Alternative Embalming Fluid, a liquid spore slurry, and Decompiculture Makeup, a two-part makeup consisting of a mixture of dry mineral makeup and dried mushroom spores and a separate liquid culture medium. Combining the two parts and applying them to the body activates the mushroom spores to develop and grow.

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  • DeepCough

    Y’know, I’m all for this idea: it sure beats getting liquefied and flushed down a toilet; furthermore, I wonder if it would make a difference if psilocybin mycelia were used.

  • DeepCough

    Y’know, I’m all for this idea: it sure beats getting liquefied and flushed down a toilet; furthermore, I wonder if it would make a difference if psilocybin mycelia were used.

  • Doktor Wilhelm

    Flesh-eating mushrooms? Sounds like it’ll make a nice soup! ;D

  • http://about.me/Doktor_Wilhelm Doktor Wilhelm

    Flesh-eating mushrooms? Sounds like it’ll make a nice soup! ;D

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Funerary industry like all industry: obsolete and out of harmony with nature and humans.

    Desiccation and storage as dna recoverable slim jim type media in cigar style clear vacuum tubes.

    Keep a case of family at home… like cigar box yet decorative as needed.

    In future – extract dna from storage media for various uses.

    Also utilisation of desiccated dna powders mixed into sublimation delivery onto medium for storage and reuse.

    Always taxidermized animatronics for home presentation.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Funerary industry like all industry: obsolete and out of harmony with nature and humans.

    Desiccation and storage as dna recoverable slim jim type media in cigar style clear vacuum tubes.

    Keep a case of family at home… like cigar box yet decorative as needed.

    In future – extract dna from storage media for various uses.

    Also utilisation of desiccated dna powders mixed into sublimation delivery onto medium for storage and reuse.

    Always taxidermized animatronics for home presentation.

    • Butter Knife

      Is this a Turing test?

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    I want my Mortal Remains to be shot into the Sun but being eaten by Mushrooms is a close second.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I want my Mortal Remains to be shot into the Sun but being eaten by Mushrooms is a close second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180747740 Dan Muench

    Wow, a high tech and patentable solution – for a problem that was solved by methods such as cremation and sky burial thousands of years ago by ‘savages’. And since when did burial itself cause a problem for the Earth? Nature has a problem disposing of the dead all of a sudden?

    “What’s that…THING he’s buried in?”

    “It’s a mushroom death suit. The pattern is supposed to simulate mycelia growth patterns…”

    “Oh? Damn. Uncle Jack was more of a nerd than I thought.”

    Frankly, putting the spores in the casket, in the pockets of the clothing they’re being buried in, would cause the same effect, only, again, not exactly patentable/marketable.

    Would I be surprised if people paid good money for something that’s supposed to make them feel ‘green’ about dying? Well, no. Yuppies pay extra to get less and feel awesome about the placebo all the time. Decent new bike with 24 gears, brakes that will throw you over the bar if you’re not careful, and a freewheel rear hub, about 400 bucks (depending, of course). Single gear bike with none of the above from a comparable manufacturer? Like a grand. A Harley goes for more than a comparable BMW even though the latter might as well be alien tech compared to the former. 

    Such is the power of separating fools from their money. 

    Screw you all, I’m getting ‘buried’ by plastic explosive. Preferably unannounced, in a randomly chosen gated neighborhood. 

  • Dan Muench

    Wow, a high tech and patentable solution – for a problem that was solved by methods such as cremation and sky burial thousands of years ago by ‘savages’. And since when did burial itself cause a problem for the Earth? Nature has a problem disposing of the dead all of a sudden?

    “What’s that…THING he’s buried in?”

    “It’s a mushroom death suit. The pattern is supposed to simulate mycelia growth patterns…”

    “Oh? Damn. Uncle Jack was more of a nerd than I thought.”

    Frankly, putting the spores in the casket, in the pockets of the clothing they’re being buried in, would cause the same effect, only, again, not exactly patentable/marketable.

    Would I be surprised if people paid good money for something that’s supposed to make them feel ‘green’ about dying? Well, no. Yuppies pay extra to get less and feel awesome about the placebo all the time. Decent new bike with 24 gears, brakes that will throw you over the bar if you’re not careful, and a freewheel rear hub, about 400 bucks (depending, of course). Single gear bike with none of the above from a comparable manufacturer? Like a grand. A Harley goes for more than a comparable BMW even though the latter might as well be alien tech compared to the former. 

    Such is the power of separating fools from their money. 

    Screw you all, I’m getting ‘buried’ by plastic explosive. Preferably unannounced, in a randomly chosen gated neighborhood. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685998318 Kyle Bostick

      You’re pretty fucking retarded if you can’t understand how this suit is better for the earth, as opposed to loading a dead body with embalming and preserving fluids and putting them in a big wooden box in the ground.  Yes, the earth decomposes bodies and caskets how we currently bury them, over a much longer span of time.  The concept of this article, which you’ve obviously failed to understand, is to have a body decompose much faster, and in a way that gives much more back to the earth.

    • Big Bob

      claim is that cremation sends the toxins (e.g. mercury) into the air…

      See lecture at Ted.com

      personally, i don’t give a shit. Just cremate me.

  • Butter Knife

    Is this a Turing test?

  • Winston Gainey

    Psilocybes are coprophilic, I think… Grow in the dung of ruminants. Dont know if that would work, but would be badass if you could.

  • Winston Gainey

    Psilocybes are coprophilic, I think… Grow in the dung of ruminants. Dont know if that would work, but would be badass if you could.

  • Winston Gainey

    Psilocybes are coprophilic, I think… Grow in the dung of ruminants. Dont know if that would work, but would be badass if you could.

  • http://twitter.com/sciamachy Sciamachy

    I think the alt embalming fluid’s a good idea – better than pumping me full of formaldehyde. Maybe add some worm eggs of various sorts & plant seeds? If you made the spores amanita muscaria & planted birch over the grave they’re symbiotic, each nourishing the other. My descendants could sit in my grave-trees having wild trips on my ‘shrooms.

  • http://twitter.com/sciamachy Sciamachy

    I think the alt embalming fluid’s a good idea – better than pumping me full of formaldehyde. Maybe add some worm eggs of various sorts & plant seeds? If you made the spores amanita muscaria & planted birch over the grave they’re symbiotic, each nourishing the other. My descendants could sit in my grave-trees having wild trips on my ‘shrooms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685998318 Kyle Bostick

    You’re pretty fucking retarded if you can’t understand how this suit is better for the earth, as opposed to loading a dead body with embalming and preserving fluids and putting them in a big wooden box in the ground.  Yes, the earth decomposes bodies and caskets how we currently bury them, over a much longer span of time.  The concept of this article, which you’ve obviously failed to understand, is to have a body decompose much faster, and in a way that gives much more back to the earth.

  • Frankensteinmoneymac

    I was kinda hoping a ‘Mushroom Death Suit’ was a suit made of poisonous mushrooms that would kill anyone I rubbed up against……Oh well……
    Someday……..
    *sigh*

  • Frankensteinmoneymac

    I was kinda hoping a ‘Mushroom Death Suit’ was a suit made of poisonous mushrooms that would kill anyone I rubbed up against……Oh well……
    Someday……..
    *sigh*

  • http://www.embroiderydigitising.co.uk Embroidery Digitisers

    Great shared post.I
    really liked it a lot.Earlier i was thinking that its kind of made from some
    poisonous thing that would be harmful.Well thanks for sharing a lot.Keep
    sharing like this in future too.

  • Big Bob

    claim is that cremation sends the toxins (e.g. mercury) into the air…

    See lecture at Ted.com

    personally, i don’t give a shit. Just cremate me.

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