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PIG 05049

CHRISTIEN MEINDERTSMA NETHERLANDS

Our taste for pig products has led them to become one of the most numerous large mammals on the planet, with approximately two billion1 alive at any one time. Artist Christien Meindertsma spent three years tracing all the products made from one animal, PIG 05049. After its death, it was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. 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. In this publication, which documents the artists findings, the pig finds itself dissected once again — resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale (1:1).

PIG 05049 CHRISTIEN MEINDERTSMA