I have always thought that the piggy bank that has the opening on the bottom is sort of like a second category version, kinda like clip-on ties, electric shavers, etc.
On the opposite side I am somewhat fascinated by this idea of a vessel that has to be shattered to take its contents out. But what happens to it? Isn't that just plain wrong to do for someone who has held our riches loyally? This is what inspired this idea.
I wanted to get our piggy bank (in this case a cow-bank) to look like it knows what is it about the happen, and capture it in a photograph.
The lighting in this case is quite simple, usng difused tungsten continuous sources on a shooting table. Maybe the biggest challenge was to get the hammer right without the help of an assistant.
Fear and the impression that the cow-bank knows what's about to happen was achieved through post-production, getting our inspiration from comic strips.