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May 9, 2019

Sarco @ Venice Design 2019

3D-Printed ‘Sarco’  @ Venice Design 2019

Palazzo Michiel, Grand Canal, Venice

The world’s first 3D-printed, euthanasia pod ‘The Sarco’ was proud to be in exhibition at Venice Design 2019.

‘Where art meets its end’ …

After three years in development, from May  – November 2019, the world’s first 3D-printed euthanasia machine could be found at the Palazzo Michiel at Venice Design.

The machine was conceived by Euthanasia activist, Dr Philip Nitschke. The aim of Sarco is to allow a rational adult the option of a reliable and peaceful elective death in an elegant and stylish environment.

The Sarco uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly lower the oxygen level within the capsule (like the depressurization of a plane). On activation from inside the capsule, there is a rapid drop in oxygen level, followed by a peaceful death a few minutes later.

The Sarco capsule is detachable and can be used as a coffin for burial or cremation. The mechanism within the base is infinitely reusable.

The design brief was to create a beautiful means for a peaceful and dignified death: to dispel the ‘yuk’ factor of dying badly, in pain and in indignity.

Sarco was ‘created with forward movement lines to signify travel’. The in-built safeguards ensure that ‘only those who want to get in, will get in.

Dr Philip Nitschke says ‘the allure of Sarco is breath-taking. Its portability ensures that one’s passing from this world to the next can be a moment of beauty while surrounded by beauty’.

A second Sarco is in production in Haarlem in the Netherlands. Exit expects that Sarco will be finally used by a seriously ill person in Switzerland in 2021.

‘The 2019 Bienanale’s tagline of “May you live in interesting times” could not have been more perfect’ he said.

Venice Biennale sign with Philip

Venice Biennale sign with Philip

Read more in the Peaceful Pill eHandbook.

Sarco Short Film is at:
Sarco website is at: www.Sarco.Design

CONTACT: Dr Philip Nitschke: +31 6309 66 992 (NL) or