Pigs in Bath

Hmm.

A herd of more than 60 pig sculptures, above, appeared yesterday as part of a public art project. The King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath art initiative will eventually lead to 100 of the animals scattered across the city. The white, life-sized sculptures will be painted and decorated on behalf of different communities and businesses across the region. Residents hope that the project will boost awareness of a 3,000-year-old legend, which tells how King Bladud founded Bath after discovering the healing powers of its hot spring waters while walking with his swine.

How long before those are adorning student flats across the City?

14 thoughts on “Pigs in Bath”

  1. A city in the US tried this with cows (Ft. Worth, Texas). These “open range” statues were vandalized. The solution was to fence-in the statues providing the city with akwardly placed statues of cows surrounded by fences.

    Of course, these pigs may be small enough to steal outright as opposed to defacing them in-place.

  2. “A city in the US tried this with cows (Ft. Worth, Texas). These “open range” statues were vandalized.”

    How..? Did someone brand them? 😀

  3. Seems simple to me, you make them out of something cheap but immovable, e.g. concrete. You don’t bother to decorate them, you just let them be vandalised. The tags and so on are the decoration. Maybe you paint the odd one to get the ball rolling. Easier to go with the flow than fight it.

  4. Damn, Steve, you beat me to it.

    Before long the pigs will all be removed ” in case they give offence”

    You read it here first.

  5. A couple of weeks ago I saw about half a dozen of the pigs ‘penned in’ at the eyesore derelict garage on Julian Road, round the back of the Royal Crescent. I also saw one being driven through town on a roof rack for no adequately explored reason.

  6. “A city in the US tried this with cows (Ft. Worth, Texas). These “open range” statues were vandalized.”

    Edinburgh had a “Cow Parade” in 2006 and on the whole the cows remained untouched. I have to say that I miss the cows – they brightened the place up and had a real sense of humour.

    Afterwards, the cows were auctioned off for charity – I seriously considered buying one for the front garden, but the expected prices (£thousands) put me off.

    http://www.edinburgh.cowparade.com

  7. “Maybe you paint the odd one to get the ball rolling.”
    seems to work with bridges and overpasses when it has been tried in my area.

    The concrete cows in Ft. Worth were largely left alone. I believe some were decorated by local artists. Over time, they seemed to become targets for idle hands.

  8. they are awesome!
    i am a student and would love one!
    plus the story of Bladud rocks.
    i would like one of those cows too. we could create fake farms.

  9. Me and my friendwent around bath yesterday searching for pigs. We did a good job, but then we had to leav for our train

    Pics on the link 🙂

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