If that headline sounds weird to you: welcome to the club. The club of ‘I-know-nothing-and-live-under-a-rock’. No worries though, I founded that club long before you were born.
This morning, while holding on to my first cup of coffee and ever so slowly regaining consciousness, I learn about this book by Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma — PIG 05049 — that was first published in 2007 (yes, three years ago; see ‘rock’ above).
PIG 05049, is a research volume, a product catalog, and a work of art, rolled into one, 416-pages strong volume. Sorted in neat chapters like: ‘Skin’, ‘Bone’, ‘Flesh’, ‘Intestines’, it shows all the products that contain traces of pork.
Read on for more pictures and a thorough ‘video-flip-through’ (?) of this brilliant book.
Also, this book does not make any obvious political statements – its beautiful, minimalistic layout merely takes on the task of presenting the information to the
reader viewer in a visually appealing manner, while leaving any kind of political, moral and/or philosophical deductions up to its audience. No spin, just facts — a book for grown-ups, indeed.
Here, take a peek for yourself:
There is even an exhibition, displaying the multitude of products that contain pork in one form or another.
Granted, $60 isn’t necessarily on the cheap side for a coffee table book that at least some of your house guests will look upon with suspicion. On the flip side though, spending $60 on a beautifully produced, informative piece of art, where’s the problem with that?
You know you want it, and as of this morning Amazon only has five copies left — go ahead and order it already!
Via Der Spiegel (?) whose editors appear to reside under the same rock as me ‘ole self.