This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed at Home, 1996



This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed at Home
Two parts, each: 1200 x 2100 x 600 mm | 47.2 x 82.7 x 23.6 in
Glass, pig, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, stainless steel, formaldehyde solution and motorised painted steel base
Image: Photographed by Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Group Exhibition - 2012
Waddesdon Manor, , United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2004
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Italy
Solo Exhibition - 2003
The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Group Exhibition - 1997
Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 1996
Gagosian Gallery, Wooster Street, New York, United States


“It is [about] when you are in two minds about something.”[1]


‘This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed at Home’ (1996) is an early work from the ‘Natural History’ series, consisting of a bisected pig. The animal is contained within two glass and steel tanks which slide mechanically “like a bacon slicer; slowly, tragically” to unite then separate the halves in perpetuity.[2] Titled after the nursery rhyme, the piece was part of a number of new works which incorporated moving elements, presented in 1996 at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in the exhibition ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’. In a similar manner to the rotating spin paintings unveiled at the exhibition, and the tri-vision billboard ‘The Problems with Relationships’ (1996), there is an implied endlessness to the movement incorporated into the works.


[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989–2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 138

[2] Damien Hirst cited in ‘An Interview with Damien Hirst’, Stuart Morgan, ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’ (Gagosian Gallery, 1996), 26