“I am offering you the body for the body of work.”

How half a kilogram of Luis Barragàn’s ashes were turned into a 2.02 carat diamond.

 

Excerp from an article in The New Yorker:

Magid wasn’t sure whether to take this as confirmation or denial. She explained how the stone came into being—about Barragán’s relatives, the exhumation, and the crystallization process. She said that she had written a letter, a proposal of sorts, for Zanco. She said she had planned to read it aloud, but the noise of the café and Fehlbaum’s presence made her think that it might be better if Zanco just read it to herself, later. Zanco laughed and said, “You are proposing to me with my husband right here!” Fehlbaum joked that perhaps he should go to the rest room, and then asked, “So what, exactly, is the proposal?” Magid turned to Zanco. “If you accept this ring, you will return the archive to Mexico,” she said. “I am offering you the body for the body of work.”

 

 

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