LUCY - PEEL PETUUM MOBILE
LUCY - PEEL PETUUM MOBILE is a collaboration between Koen Vanmechelen and Heyde Hoeve, a collaboration of four pig farmers in Holland that differentiate through their focus on transparency and sustainability in food production. With LUCY, a bio-diverse pig is created. A new pig that tells the story of the search for a better, more sustainable economic system. After the recent focus on monoculture in farming, the project argues that crossbreeding is essential and the only solution for sustainable production.
LUCY is the result of the crossing between the industrial Duroc and the Mangalica, a hardy type of Hungarian pig. Through an open stable, visitors are offered a unique view in the essential part of the process: the beginning. The title of the project LUCY - PEEL PETUUM MOBILE embodies all these elements. The primal sow LUCY (first female), Peel (the location of HeydeHoeve) and Petuum (huge amount of data on diversity) serve as a reference to an infinite process of crossing, a perpetual motion in time and space.
The concept contributes to the wider debate on intensive animal farming. It shows the farm per definition as a generator of diversity and sustainability. The multitude of different animals and techniques makes the farm a mini diversity Hub.
Through an open stable at Heyde Hoeve, visitors are offered a unique view in the essential part of the process: the beginning. LUCY, however, is determined to see the world herself. She travels in a food truck constructed by artist Koen Vanmechelen; the LUCY BOAR a hot dog stand on wheels. The LUCY DOG tells her story; it is food for the brain and the stomach. Know what you eat, knowledge is the food of the soul. LUCY was developed by Koen Vanmechelen and Heyde Hoeve. The Foodmonkeys created culinary hot dogs based on the concept. The collaboration is part of the project FoodLabPeel in which ZLTO bkkc and Peel Network collaborate to develop new perspectives on intensive farming in The Peel, Eindhoven (NL).