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The Art You Never Saw Coming (Cuming?)

The Art You Never Saw Coming (Cuming?)

Image source Gizmodo.com

Things are about to get weird, people―fair warning.  In an effort to open the conversation about missing love & intimacy after the death of a spouse, artist Mark Sturkenboom created a memory box called 21 Grams which includes a dildo capable of holding – you got it– 21 grams of ashes in an embedded gold urn.

Yes, you read that correctly, a man made a dildo where someone can stash 21 grams of their loved one’s ashes. After you’ve wrapped your head around that concept, there’s more.

This blown-glass “love toy” is part of a larger memory box which can be used to help a widow, or anyone for that matter, “go back to the intimate memories of a lost beloved one,” according to the artist.  The toy itself is stored in a wooden box with room for a ring, a perfume/cologne scent infuser, an Ipod amplifier, and yes, a pedestal for proper toy storage.  Oh, and it opens via a key on a chain, which can also be worn as a necklace.  Take a look for yourself…

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Image source Dezeen.com

I suppose this is somewhat in line with keeping a lock of hair or some such, but the fact that the words “dildo” and “sex toy” can be incorporated into this memory capsule gives it a whole new mess of meanings, including the fact that the term 21 Grams comes from the early 20th-century belief that the human soul weighs 21 grams.

However, I’m not going to pass judgment, unlike the media, which has continued to refer to this as a “dildo” or “sex toy” despite the artist’s request otherwise.  I’m just sharing the news that this interesting new item is now a part of our world — and available for use when a loved one has left yours.

Posted by Danielle