Carbon Copies

Carbon Copies

12th Nov 2008

Carbon Copies is a very creepy idea from UK artist Nadine Jarvis:

Carbon Copies are pencils made from the carbon of human remains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.

Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.

Via Signal vs. Noise.