Sculpture carrying human DNA to be sent into the depths

"I want to brand eternity as an art piece," says a Danish artist who's sending human blood and hair to the bottom of the sea.

Deep Storage Project
Hornsleth

Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth is going to send human blood and hair sealed in a spooky-looking capsule to the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

Something about this strikes us as a phenomenally bad idea. It could be that the artist's name, "Hornsleth," sounds a little too close to "Innsmouth." It could be the strange, spiky, angled sculpture loaded up with human body parts. It could be that those body parts are headed for the deepest part of the ocean.

Either way, it's hard to know if any of those things have occurred to the artist, who has spent years building the Deep Storage Project. He says that his plan is that the 8-meter-cubed sculpture will give eternal life to the more than 5,000 volunteers who surrendered a drop of their blood and a hair from their head.

"I'm asking a simple age-old question," he told the Telegraph. "Who wants to live forever? Because in simple terms, the project offers exactly that opportunity. Each donor, or investor, is rewarded with a certificate, stating they believed this might be a chance at immortality, a second chance at life. And that's the statement I'm making. I want to brand eternity as an art piece."

Read more of "Sculpture carrying human DNA to be sent into the depths" at Crave Australia.

 

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