Cooper Hewitt Nature Triennial

Infinity Burial Suit

Infinity Burial Suit, 2008- ongoing Burial Suit, 2019; Organic cotton, wood, biomaterial illustration, Stages of Spore Growth and Decomposition, 2019; Digital print; All courtesy of Jae Rhim Lee, Coeio, Inc. Jae Rhim Lee (Korean, born 1975), Coeio (Mountain View, California, USA, founded 2015) with Daniel Silverstein (American, born 1989) Jae Rhim Lee’s design for a customized cotton burial suit is an alternative to current funerary options such as cremation and casket burial. The suit contains a built-in mix of proprietary materials and mycelia (fungal threads) that fruit into mushrooms. This “biomix” absorbs and eliminates toxins that are emitted from the body into the soil and aids in decomposition.

Image of the sketch I made of the piece.

Research Image

Images of the natural systems, processes or forms I think this piece is derived from.



In first place, I was very interested in this piece because I never thought of taking care of a body after someone dies. I did some research afterwards and I liked the Infinity Burial Suit because currently everyone is aware that global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels to make electricity and transportation engines. However, I didn’t realise how much pollution is made with creation and casket burial after people die, and approximately one person dies every second in the world.

Apart from helping a body decompose, this piece also helps the environment which is a feature that many artworks in the museum had. The Infinity Burial Suit ‘Cleanses the body and soil of toxins that would otherwise seep into the environment.’ and’Delivers nutrients from body to surrounding plant roots efficiently.’ The Suits ‘Are made of all natural, biodegradable material’ and ‘Use no harsh chemicals, preservatives, or processing.’ This is part of the Biological nutrients learned in Cradle to Cradle, Food Equals waste. In the Biological Resource Cyle the product would be the human body in this situation. Body decomposition would flow positively in the biological metabolism. The body would not damage soil and is able to decompose safely when it comes to the biodegradation process. Once the body is dead, it can be disposed it in any natural environment and it decomposes into the soil, serving as food for small organism without affecting the natural environment.As we can see, the design and purpose of this piece is eco-friendly and through this piece we can also see the purpose of the museum, the new way of art, they want to teach new generations to care for the environment we live in.

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