Pig’s Bladder Football moves into a new phase for 2012 – having spent the summer of 2011 researching age-old processes of making footballs from the bladders of pigs which have been slaughtered – we now are looking to the future.
Continuing the collaboration with Abandon Normal Devices, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, I will be working in residence at the Clinical Engineering Unit at the University of Liverpool where, over the course of this year, I will be using processes of animal cell culture to attempt to “grow” a football using living cells.
This is an ambitious project – but not impossible!
We don’t know what size or form the football will take yet (although Professor John Hunt, who is a partner in this work, is insistent that it must bounce!)
The image above shows a flask of one of the cell cultures we are currently maintaining. Back in November, bone marrow cells were harvested from the knee of a pig which had already been slaughtered and now the are being grown within a medium in the laboratory.
These cells (and millions more) will combine to make a football fitting for the 21st Century.
More information here soon.
John O’Shea, January 2012