Poodle, based on Jeff Koons

In the Sausage in Art series, photographer Karsten Wegener suggests nine iconic works of art--as links of meat. A Jeff Koons dog turns hot dog.

Sunflowers, based on Vincent van Gogh

Each still life with sausage is an abstraction of the original masterpiece.

Esculetin, based on Damien Hirst

Wegener, along with his team of designer Silke Baltruschat and food stylist Raik Holst, used sausages found at any German supermarket or butcher.

Young Hare, based on Albrecht Dürer

One of the more tongue-in-cheeks pieces interprets the Young Hare as traditional German meatloaf dish colloquially called "Fake Hare."

Wrapped reichstag, based on Christo und Jeanne-Claude

“We recognized pieces of art in the different appearances of sausage and meat," Wegener tells Co.Design.

Higher beings ordered... based on Sigmar Polke

A bit of blood sausage represents the black corner of Sigmar Polke’s graphic design piece.

Mother and Child, based on Damien Hirst

In a slightly morbid turn, Wegener’s take on Mother and Child turns sculptures of cows in glass boxes into sausage links in glass boxes.

the scream, based on Edvard Munch

“Everything started with The Scream,” Wegener says. He stumbled across the familiar face, immortalized by Edvard Munch, in a packaged ham at the supermarket.

La Paloma, based on Pablo Picasso

See more of Karsten Wegener’s work here.

Co.Design

The Best Of The Wurst: Famous Artworks As Sausages

Imagine if Warhol’s place was The Sausage Factory. A Berlin photographer links tubes of meat with iconic artworks.

“Everything started with The Scream,” Karsten Wegener says. While grocery shopping one day in his Berlin neighborhood, the photographer stumbled across the familiar face of distress, immortalized by Edvard Munch--now in front of him in ham. “The packaging, the shape of the ham, and the arrangement of egg, cucumber, and carrot were just perfect.”

This flash of pareidolia (the psychological phenomenon of seeing faces in random shapes) led to a larger project for Wegener. He, along with designer Silke Baltruschat and food stylist Raik Holst, represents nine iconic works (mostly paintings) in the Sausage in Art series as still lives of--you guessed it--the quintessential German bratwurst and its brethren.

“We recognized pieces of art in the different appearances of sausage and meat," Wegener tells Co.Design. "For some pictures, the appearance of the food itself was the connection to the artwork. For others it was the combination or arrangement of different foods, the packaging or the name of a dish.”

The series sausage-strings together styles and eras, from Vincent Van Gogh to Damien Hirst. Each piece shows off the kind of painstakingly specific set design that we recently saw in Wegener’s Ricetarrio: A Balanced Diet project. But the narrative arc for each sausage-y image is wildly different. Some, like a hot dog translation of Jeff Koons’s Poodle, are softballs (meatballs?). But others, such as the interpretations of Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare, offer a grisly, more metaphorical take on the museum-caliber pieces.

Sausage in Art is designed to get you thinking--perhaps about the beauty of the everyday or the ubiquity of commercial supermarket goods, or maybe about the life cycle of animal to hot dog. Or maybe about grilling more this summer. Or maybe it’s just worth a laugh. Or a link.

See more of Karsten Wegener’s work here.

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