Building a tower out of Lincoln Logs is one thing. Building a real life, 30-foot high funeral pyre out of actual firewood is a little bit more complicated. With a bit of finesse and a lot of patience, artist Tadashi Kawamata managed to pull off the latter. No smoking in the vicinity, please.
Funeral pyres are a shared ritual of many religions and ethnic groups. And cremation continues to play a role in modern society, but the practice is typically carried out behind the scenes in a funeral home.