Sex sells, even when it comes to death
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:01p.m.
By Ali Ikram
If you hate your job spare a thought for the coffin maker, whose work has gone largely ignored by the living – until now.
Coffin maker Zbigniew Lindner is trying to reinvent the popular image of his product.
“We want to prove one thing,” he says, “that a coffin is not a religious symbol. A coffin very bluntly speaking is a container.”
And so for four years this Polish coffin maker has been bringing new life to his dying business by producing a racy calendar.
The calendar showcases two things: vast and impressive Polish chests, and of course the coffins.
“We are advertising a product, [a] certain product of a certain industry,” says Mr Lindner. “The matter went out of its original boundaries and that's good. Every calendar is a voice in a discussion and I think it's a very important voice.”
Though one very important voice, the Catholic Church, has denounced the calendar for blurring the line between sex and death.
But Ola Wanserska, who has appeared in two editions, including posing this time round on a casket drenched in melted chocolate, doesn't know what the fuss is about.
“I know the church is against this. I even talked to one priest,” she says. “Some people don't understand how I could have agreed to take part in something like this but for me this photo session was not different to any other besides the fact that there is a coffin.”
Two copies of the calendar come with every coffin sold, as does a coffin shaped key ring.
And whatever you think of the idea, the publicity is to die for.
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10/11/2012 1:40:54 p.m.
FAIR NZER wrote:
Can't blame any Church...any money you spend on this product can possibly go to the CHURCH instead!
10/11/2012 7:32:06 a.m.
Here we go again with the catholic church sticking its nose in where it doesnt belong. Just like with marriage equality. They seem to think people care about what they think, well guess what people were celebrating both love and death long before you invented your cult so just mind your own business
10/11/2012 7:26:20 a.m.
Good on him for trying something different, they use sex to sell everything else so why not coffins? the catholic church need to mind its business, they are far from great role models on the subject of sex
10/11/2012 7:21:20 a.m.
Who cares what the catholic churc says about anything, untill they fix their own "sex" issues who are they to look down their nose at anyone
10/11/2012 7:21:17 a.m.
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