WE ARE ALL ARTIFACTS AT THE MUSEUM OF IMMORTALITY
By: Laura Bolt
Most of us have pondered the idea of immortality and the afterlife, but few have thought about what it would look like as a physical structure. Thanks two architects and Mexico’s Museo Tamayo, now we have an idea. The Museum of Immortality debuted in October as part of Design Week Mexico to explore the concept of death through architecture. Created by German architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, the function of the pavilion is to represent a physical space that gives humans the same archival immortality museums give to art (Wallpaper described it as “a hybrid of minaret, mausoleum and modern-day space capsule.” The steel and Plexiglas structure, which stands just over 26 feet, is made of a winding series of empty cubes (representing both coffins and museum display cases). The design duo said, “We are thrilled to show a prototype for the Museum of Immortality in Mexico City. Its deep fascination with death cults make Mexico a very special context for such a speculative project….We ask: Can we design after-life? Can – as the context of the Museo Tamayo suggests – humans be preserved like museal artifacts?”
The installation will be on view until spring 2017 at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City.
Images via Alberto Jurtega / Design Week Mexico.