Pig #05049: 187 Products

Following up my last post on non-food uses of farm products, let me introduce  Pig 05049.

Christien Meindertsma has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.

Meindertsma makes the subject more approachable by reducing everything to the scale of one animal. After it’s death, Pig number 05049 was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. In an almost surgical way a pig is dissected in the pages of the book – resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale (1:1)

You can buy this delightful book  by Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma on Amazon but not with the original pigskin cover.  Thanks again to Nick Trachet.


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