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Lamps and Vases Made From Discarded Meat That I Found In Supermarkets
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Lamps and Vases Made From Discarded Meat That I Found In Supermarkets

Every year tons of food are being thrown away by supermarkets, because the food expires before it is being sold. For this project I re-use expired meat from supermarkets. By taking the material out of its context and reframing it I want to create awareness around issues of waste in relation to meat production, distribution and consumption, and to show the urgency of change in those practices.

The expired pieces of meat get decellularized upon a laboratory treatment. In this procedure – that is currently being used in the latest research on tissue regeneration – meat loses all its cellular content, turns transparent white, feels rubbery and gets the looks of marble. I discovered that this recycled raw material can be shaped, dried, glued, dyed and stretched. By applying this technique I am not only changing the look and shape of meat, but above all its meaning.

The result is a series of lighting objects; their shape is inspired by Escherichia coli, a bacteria that lives in meat and causes meat spoilage after a certain period.
The second outcome is a series of vessels made out of the same material, their shape inspired by laboratory vessels.

More info: ateliermonte.com

These vases made out of decellularized bacon

I have gathered a bunch of expired bacon for making of lamps and vases

Firstly meat is put into a jar to be decellularized

Once it’s dried and decellularized, lamps and vases can be made

Few more vases

Three lamps made out of bacon. Their shape inspired by E. Coli

Decellularized bacon

Two halves combined makes one lamp

Fixing two halves with another layer of bacon

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Natalia Sanchez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don´t mean to be mean... but that meat looks edible... Many countries are (at last!) charging with heavy pentalty fees to those restaurants or supermarkets which throw food away instead of donating it to feed homeless people. I am not vegan, but I feel it's terrible to waste food (specially meat) like this. Expiration day does not mean that it's rotten or not suitable for human consuption. Idk, I don't feel confortable with this idea, and honestly I dont find it attractive either. It looks like a cocoon, and you can get the same effect with other syntethic materials.

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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Natalia, that is EXACTLY what the project is about. The expiration date is different from rotten, but unfortunately it is not allowed to give meat away which has expired. So exactly for that reason and to create awareness for this ridiculousness I created this project.

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Natalie Blenkhorn
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a vegetarian, I am happy to see that inedible meat is being used rather than thrown away, if it raises awareness then even better...I don't think I'd want them in my house though! But still, good work.

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Natalia Sanchez
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don´t mean to be mean... but that meat looks edible... Many countries are (at last!) charging with heavy pentalty fees to those restaurants or supermarkets which throw food away instead of donating it to feed homeless people. I am not vegan, but I feel it's terrible to waste food (specially meat) like this. Expiration day does not mean that it's rotten or not suitable for human consuption. Idk, I don't feel confortable with this idea, and honestly I dont find it attractive either. It looks like a cocoon, and you can get the same effect with other syntethic materials.

Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Natalia, that is EXACTLY what the project is about. The expiration date is different from rotten, but unfortunately it is not allowed to give meat away which has expired. So exactly for that reason and to create awareness for this ridiculousness I created this project.

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Natalie Blenkhorn
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a vegetarian, I am happy to see that inedible meat is being used rather than thrown away, if it raises awareness then even better...I don't think I'd want them in my house though! But still, good work.

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