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Designed in: 2017
Material: multicolor composite 3D print
Print height: 30 cm
Edition: 8 unique pieces
Extra: This design is inspired by an older piece from 2010-2015. The texture on the spikes is anamorphosic (only visible from one specific point) and shows a hipster with a beard.
Porcupines are only occasionally eaten in Western culture, but are very popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, where the prominent use of them as a food source has contributed to significant declines in their populations. In the Americas, their quills and guardhairs are used for traditional decorative clothing. For example, their guardhairs are used in the creation of the Native American “porky roach” headdress. Lakota women would harvest the quills for quillwork by throwing a blanket over a porcupine and retrieving the quills it left stuck in the blanket. Porcupine quills have recently inspired a new type of hypodermic needle. Due to backward-facing barbs on the quills, when used as needles, they are particularly good at two things – penetrating the skin and remaining in place. The presence of barbs acting like anchors makes it more painful to remove a quill that has pierced the skin of predator. Porcupines have a relatively high longevity and had held the record for being the longest-living rodent, with one individual living to 27 years, until the record was recently broken by a naked mole-rat living to 28 years.