Revolutionizing The Gravestone

Aug 8 2011 @ 6:32pm

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Alexis Madrigal investigates how lasers have remade our cemeteries:

As we circumnavigated the plots, we began to see a pattern. Shiny, black headstones lined vast tracts of lighter gray headstones "almost like stitching," Sarah observed. These headstones were different from the ones that had come before them. Not only were they a different color and texture, they also featured photorealistic portraits of the people buried underneath them. They were a new breed of monument. One look at them could have told you that no human hand had chiseled those drawings in the stone.

(Photo by Alexis)