Instead of being laid to rest in a boring old box, why not get buried in a giant guitar? Vic Fearn and Company have been manufacturing coffins for over 160 years. The caskets are for people from all walks of life, including skateboarders and skiers, a building contractor who wants to be buried in a big yellow dumpster and a woman who’d like to be stuffed into an oversized egg.
The production of the Company’s first personalised coffin came about in an almost imperceptible way. In 1990, Corinna Sargood an illustrator and engraver by trade, talked to one of the directors about the kind of coffin which she would want, when her own days on this earth had come to an end.
“No coffin at all”, she exclaimed, “there just a waste of resources. I’d prefer to be buried in a polyphone bag.” This could be done, the director explained, there being, in England, no real objections in practice or law. And Vic Fearn & Company suggested he would not feel threatened by a step such as this: for, the more diversity that came to exist, the more people chose to think about the kind of funeral which would suit their personalities best, the more interesting, in the long run, the funeral trade was bound to become.
Then the conversation continued. Corinne explained that her elderly aunt had a love of canal boats; and, in particular, of the traditional patterns and colours in which such boats were always dressed up. Swags of flowers adorning the hull, and superstructures painted with individual designs. A coffin which looked like a canal boat.
Two days later, a plain wooden coffin, built to the aunt’s dimensions was delivered to Corinna’s studio where she painted swags of flowers round the sides and ends and decorated the lid with a motif depicting a stag surveying the world from its mountainy crag.
This coffin seemed rather tame. It was popular art, nothing more. At the time though it caused a sensation and pictures of it were published in both The Guardian and the funeral press.
The ultimate frontier in human life is death. The impersonal chip board coffin in which it is usually placed denies the symbolism of the situation. Nothing refers to the loved one, his or her personality has been totally erased. The coffin should be a reflection of the personality of the deceased, a copy of the car they cherished, a musical instrument that they played, something pertaining to their career or hobby.
Why not buy a coffin and keep it in the house as a talking point. Then when you die you can be buried or cremated in your work of art.
All of our coffins are made from materials that come from renewable forests. The materials used present no risk of pollution to the soil and are completely safe. Colorful coffins have just launch their 100% recycled coffins available in white, brown or as a picture coffin and they combine style and grace with enormous strength , but above all they are the greenest option without compromise to build or design quality
For more information on Crazy Coffins contact Charlotte Graham on 0800 0327 260