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Pig Slat Benches 2010

2010
installation, galvanised mild steel floor slats, 220 x 60 cm,
galvanised mild steel farrowing cage handles, galvanised mild steel mechanical fixings

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Installed at the OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2010
13 March – 23 May 2010
e v+ a the exhibition of visual+ art
Limerick, Ireland

Eight slat benches, echoing the eight sheds represented in Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas) 2008, are installed on the third-floor space of a redundant office block. The polished floor is treated as a plain or expanse on which the benches rest. From the windows, views are offered to an area of Limerick formerly known as ‘Pigtown’, which once accommodated many slaughterhouses and pig-processing factories.

The benches are made from two types of ready-made drained slatted floor sections used in pig-production farms – one with an undulating anti-slip surface for the sow, and the other with a heated floor-pan insert to provide comfort for piglets. The public is invited to sit on these benches, and, in so doing, experiences a little of what it feels like to rest upon them.

Rib-caged and carcass-like, much like the exposed profiled structural soffit of the space, each bench surface is raised from the ground to reveal an undercarriage of heating-pipe circuits and structural tension supports. Handles made for farrowing cages have been adapted to provide support as bench legs.

(slat and handle supplier: Phil Bennis & Sons, Patrickswell, Co Limerick; fabrication: Raymond O’Halloran, Speedline Engineering, Limerick)
 

image 4: Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas) 2008

Pig Slat Benches 2010

2010

OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2010
Limerick, Ireland

13 March – 23 May 2010
a solo exhibition in collaboration with Peter Carroll

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OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2010

WORKING DRAWING

A2 Working Drawing for Pig Slat Benches
2010
ink on paper

WORKING DRAWING