One Pig, 185 Different Products


Pig 05049 recently won the 2009 Index Award in the Play category. It’s by Christien Meindertsma and it looks brilliant. Meinderstma spent a year studying the final destination of Pig 05049, an actual pig raised and slaughtered in the Netherlands.

05049 was an actual pig, raised and slaughtered on a commercial farm in the Netherlands. Rotterdam designer Christien Meindertsma was shocked to discover that she could document 185 products contributed to by the animal.

Meindertsma’s design includes the publication of her book, PIG 05049, which charts and pictures each of the products supported by the animal. The surprise is in the fact that elements of production contributed to by pig farming include not only predictable foodstuffs — pork chops and bacon — but far less expected non-food items: ammunition, train brakes, automobile paint, soap and washing powder, bone china, cigarettes.

For example:

Fatty acids derived from pork bone fat are used as a hardening agent in crayons and also gives them their distinctive smell.

Remember that: crayons smell like pork bone fat. There’s a great slideshow through the Pig 05049 link at the top of this post. It’s worth checking out. Really makes you think about how we fill our stores.

[via Kottke]


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