The floating pig that became a sign of protest

At the press conference announcing the V Pink Floyd exhibition, an inflatable pink pig floated high above the London museum monumental stone entrance. No moncler outlet store words of explanation were needed. The moncler outlet sale pig spelled Pink Floyd as surely as Ummagumma or The Dark Side of the Moon.

Inflatable flying pigs have been a part of the English rock band image for 40 years, ever since the first of the breed named Algie by Pink Floyd Roger Waters and doing its bit to advertise the 1977 Animals moncler usa album broke free from one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station and flew, unplanned, to a farm in Kent.

The stuff of urban, rural and aviation legend, Algie was best moncler jackets a pig made in press heaven, creating headlines as he helped sell long playing records. Some say an RAF helicopter gave chase to Algie as he soared over London skies. moncler outlet woodbury Others tell of an airline captain calling Heathrow to say he had encountered the pig at 30,000ft. Were flights in and out of Heathrow halted? Was Powell arrested? Only Algie, deflated after the event and stored for years moncler sale online on a shelf in a Suffolk factory, knows the true story.

Between Battersea in the late and the V exhibition this spring, moncler online store there has been a drift moncler sale of Pink Floyd pigs, some aggressive, others benign, most of them rigged over Pink Floyd and Roger Waters Band stage sets. But despite what it may seem, the pig is more than a disarming quirk. As a symbol, it alludes to everything from anti establishment protests to Orwellian dystopia even to the Manson murders.

View image of An inflatable pink pig recently flew over the V

Sometimes the pigs have been marked with political discount moncler jackets slogans reflecting the band concerns. Released during a Roger Waters Band performance at the Milwaukee Summerfest in June 2007, a spot lit pig disappeared into clouds above the city, its generous rear end the last bit seen emblazoned with the legend Bush In late August or early September this year, after receiving permission from Roger Waters, a design company will float an installation of four golden flyilng pigs directly in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

View image of An October 2016 concert by the Roger Waters Band in Los Angeles

That March, Waters had played two nights at a stadium in Buenos Aires. This time, the inflatable pig read M or again The famous slogan recalled the 30,000 people who were by their country brutal dictatorship between moncler womens jackets 1974 and 1983 when the military were forced from power following moncler outlet their humiliating defeat in the Falklands War. The plastic pig took off, crash landing in the River Plate.

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as policemen, not the animal had been an obsession for hippies moncler uk outlet and rock bands since at least 1967. The members of Pink Floyd, however, were traumatised by the effect that LSD had on their colleague Syd Barrett, who was excluded from the group in April 1968 as he became catatonic monclerdownjacket and unable to perform. It was Barrett, though, who had given Pink Floyd its first chart hit uk moncler sale the previous year with the dippy trippy song Arnold Layne.

Pig references were common at the time in the world of rock music. He solemnly intoned, shalt ever more be known as Blodwyn Pig Whatever it meant, the name stuck. The memorable gatefold sleeve of the band first album, Ahead Rings Out, featured moncler outlet prices a bright pink pig head sporting sunglasses, headphones, a ring through its nose and a cigarette in its mouth. The back cover showed the pig tail.

View image of Blodwyn Pig’s first album cover moncler outlet featured a bright pink pig in sunglasses

For Pink Floyd Roger Waters, as for George Harrison, pigs had a meaning of sorts. uk moncler outlet Orwell pigs were corrupt, venal, drunken, violent and, in all too many ways, very much like us. In the book famous last sentence, the humbled creatures of Animal Farm, standing outside the farmhouse where pigs and men were drinking together, from pig to man, and man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which. in 1968, George Harrison sang Piggies on the Beatles White Album.

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It is likely no mistake that Pink Floyd moncler sale outlet Animals album was a kind of vivisection of the darker side of humanity or that it was heralded by the flying pig, although Algie himself seemed rather comic. He had been Roger Waters idea. Waters could see Battersea Power Station with its four fluted and curiously haunting chimneys from his flat. Hipgnosis the Tin Pan Alley design collaborative founded in 1967 had designed every Pink Floyd album sleeve since 1968 A Saucerful of Secrets. The group was commissioned to photograph the helium filled, 30ft pig flying over the station.

View image of In 2011, the Battersea Power Station scene was reprised

Algie was worked cheap moncler coats mens into a design by artists Andrew Saunders and Jeffrey Shaw and made in Germany by Ballon Fabrik, a company famed for its work on Zeppelin airships. But after cheap moncler sale its accidental jailbreak from the power station, by the time the pig returned from its unplanned trip to Kent the weather had turned. Powell was unable to shoot the same Turner esque sky he had the day before. Hipgnosis resorted to cutting and pasting an earlier image of the pig onto their best 10×8 shot of the power station. Nothing about Algie was quite what it seemed to be.

Algie himself, though, was a big success. Replicas followed in his wake as floating and flying pigs mapped and mirrored Pink Floyd increasing commercial success both in the studio and on the road. In 2011, a replica made by ABC Inflatables was moored over Battersea Power Station to trigger the Why Pink Floyd…? advertising campaign as the band re released all 14 of its albums.

View image of Pigs continue to be a stand in for Pink cheap moncler jackets womens Floyd (Credit: Alamy)

By then, the Pink Floyd pigs had seeped into popular culture. They could be spotted on the big screen in the dystopian science fiction thriller Children of Men (2006), in Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) and even in an episode of the Simpsons. A Pink Floyd pig featured in the film Danny Boyle made for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, and cheap moncler jackets doubtless visitors to the V will expect some kind of pig fest.

View image of The pink pig gets a particularly dystopian twist in the 2006 film Children of Men

But 40 years on, have the Pink Floyd pigs become perhaps ironically a part of the establishment? As that replica of Algie flew over the V at the Pink Floyd exhibition press conference, the band drummer and one time architectural student Nick Mason said, you told me that we would still exist even four years after we started professionally, I would have been stupefied. Now I feel like something owned by the National Trust. An inflatable pig flying over a sedately restored English country house? Pigs might fly.

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