Christien Meindertsma
Flocks, Rotterdam, 2008, 2007, Dutch, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design; Nonfiction, Art and Cultural History
ISBN: 9789081241311

From the Publisher. Christien Meindertsma 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.

After its 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).

On 2 book lists
James Biber

Based on a culture of using every part of a slaughtered animal, this book traces every part of Pig 05049 to hundreds of end products. Beautiful, weird, and fascinating.

Alice Rawsthorn
The problem with most conceptual design projects is that they’re more convincing in theory than practice. Pig 05049 is an inspired—and inspiring—exception, as a very rare example of a conceptual design in which the theoretical message is eloquently expressed by an end result, which also happens to be a fully functional product.   . . . View the complete text
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