Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Don't let the pigs get away


(floating pig, twin pillars, Children of Men symbol All Seeing Eye, future)

Check out this article from Through the Looking Glass.

Thought this was a funny little synch, after reading that article I come across this news from today. During Peter Waters' performance, harking back to his album from 1977 "Pigs" the inflatable pig "accidentally" got set loose and floated away. On the side of the inflatable pig are the words, "Don't be led to the slaughter".

3 comments:

FilmNoir23 said...

Perfect follow up...I had been reading the Waters stuff and didn't even make the connect myself. Been off my game. I think you rock!

dayzero said...

It's Roger Waters not Peter btw....and it's happened before too..

here's the full story;

"The giant, helium-filled pig seen on the cover was actually flown over Battersea Power Station for the photo shoot (under the direction of Storm Thorgerson). On the first day of shooting, a marksman was on hand in case the pig broke free. However, according to Thorgerson, this was considered an “insurance problem”, and he was not hired for the second day of shooting. Ironically, on December 3, 1976, during the second day, a gust of wind broke the pig free of its moorings. Because there was no one to shoot the pig down, it sailed away into the morning sky. A passenger plane reported seeing the pig, causing all the flights at London Heathrow Airport to be delayed[citation needed]. A police helicopter was sent up to track the pig, but was forced to return after following the pig to an altitude of 5,000 feet. A warning was sent out to pilots that a giant, flying pink pig was loose in the area[citation needed]. The CAA lost radar contact on the pig near Chatham in Kent, at a height of 18,000 feet and flying East. It finally landed in a farmer’s field, without much damage. They then repaired the pig, and flew it up for a third time. The resulting pictures were not deemed suitable on their own (as the clear, blue sky from day three was thought to be much less evocative), and the final image was made as a composite of the power station picture from day one and the pig from day three."

http://www.pinkfloydonline.com/discography/animals/

Anonymous said...

It's "Roger Waters" and the album is "Animals" not "Pigs"

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