Capsula Mundi is a cultural and broad-based project, which envisions a different approach to the way we think about death. It's an egg-shaped pod, an ancient and perfect form, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small Capsulas while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands. The project is still in a start-up phase, but encouraged by worldwide enthusiasm for our concept, we are working to make it become a reality.

Capsula Mundi at the TED talks in Turin

A sacred forest instead of grey tombstones.
Could our perception of death be changed by simply redesigning one object, the coffin? Anna and Raoul, two designers who are part of the Capsula Mundi project, believe so. Their goal is to change the perception of death, not as the end of life but as the beginning of a return path in the biological cycle of life. Have a look at other videos about Capsula Mundi on our Media page!