Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oink

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"The original Pink Floyd pig was designed by Roger Waters and built in December 1976 by the artist Jeffrey Shaw with help of Designers team Hipgnosis, in preparation for shooting the cover of the Animals album. Plans were made to fly the forty-foot, helium-filled balloon over Battersea Power Station on the first day's photo-shoot, with a marksman prepared to shoot the pig down if it broke free. However, the pig was not launched.

On the second day, the marksman wasn't present because no one had told him to return, and the pig broke free due to a strong gust of wind on the third day, gaining a lot of press coverage. It disappeared from sight within five minutes, and was spotted by airline pilots at thirty thousand feet in the air. Flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled as the huge inflatable pig flew through the path of aircraft, eastwards from Britain and out over the English Channel, finally landing on a rural farm in Kent that night.

The pig was recovered and repaired for the resumption of photography for the album cover, but unfortunately the sky was cloudless and blue, thus "boring". However, the pictures of the sky from the first day were suitable; eventually, the album cover was created using a composite of photos from the first and third days."



4 comments:

Marthaamay O_o said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Is the pig there now? I pass the powerstation on my way to work and I wasn't in today so i'll look tomorrow!

Alice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So jealous that you can just go casually walk past haha. Yup, it's there at the moment according to news reports, though don't know how long it'll stay there.

Teddi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

as i read & looked at this post i kept hearing the lines, to have another cigar, & young lust playing in my head.
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Marthaamay O_o said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'll take a photo and report back to you!