In this movie filmed by Dezeen at the Design Academy Eindhoven My Way talks in Milan, Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma talks about her book PIG 05049, where she traced and catalogued all the products derived from a single animal.


This may interest some of you, I studied her work in my second year of University.

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).

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Besides the fact that some religious followers (mainly Jews) don’t/should not be eating pigs (bottom-feeders), they inadvertently still do. Now i can terrorize my Jewish friends next time they consume BREAD!

This TED talk was fascinating!

The journey of a pig from farm to butchery- and other applications such as ammunition, track parts, collagen, fine china and amongst other crazy applications!