Pig Slat Benches

John Gerrard Artist in collaboration with A2 Architects

EV+A 2010, Limerick

Eight pig slat benches, echoing the eight pig sheds represented in ‘Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas) 2008′ are installed in the 3rd floor space of a redundant office block in Limerick City. From the windows views are offered to an area of Limerick formerly known as ‘Pigtown’ that 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.