Could you love Frankenswine? Just one pig left on the shelf as we start final countdown to Ipswich art trail

Ipswich Town have signed up for the 'Pigs Gone Wild' event. Lee Hyde (left), Neil Hawes and Rosie Ri

Ipswich Town have signed up for the 'Pigs Gone Wild' event. Lee Hyde (left), Neil Hawes and Rosie Richardson are pictured with the pig. - Credit: Archant

With a bolt through his neck, a ripped black suit and a green tinge to his skin, Frankenswine looks just like the fictional character that inspired his design.

The Frankenswine design by Norfolk artist Matt Reeve

The Frankenswine design by Norfolk artist Matt Reeve - Credit: Archant

And with your support he could be one of the most popular pigs featuring in the Pigs Gone Wild trail launching in Ipswich next month.

Frankenswine, who is yet to be painted, has been left on the shelf after Ipswich Town last week snapped up the penultimate pig.

The Blues’ pig will be wearing a town kit - naturally - and will be located close to the Portman Road ground, showcasing the club to residents and visitors alike.

Ipswich Town Club spokesman, Steve Pearce, said: “Pigs Gone Wild is a fun concept that Ipswich Town is delighted to be involved with.

“Most importantly of course, it’s for a fantastic cause.

“We have worked closely to support St Elizabeth Hospice over recent years with their Ipswich Midnight Walk and also with our players taking presents there at Christmas. We hope that Pigs Gone Wild proves to be a massive success and raises a lot of money for such a worthy cause.”

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The team at St Elizabeth Hospice have an artist ready and waiting to paint the last blank pig and have chosen the Frankenswine design as they feel it will attract lots of attention.

Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild project manager, said: “We are so excited that we only have one pig left and we would love it if someone snapped up Frankenswine. He is going to be a magnificent pig. He is designed to look just like the iconic Frankenstein’s monster and I’m sure he will appeal to people of all ages.”

The trail is being run in partnership between the Ipswich-based hospice and Wild In Art, who were responsible for the GoGo Gorillas trail in Norwich and the GoGo Dragons that ran last year. They also ran The Big Hoot in Birmingham.

Pigs Gone Wild officially launches on June 27 and will be the biggest mass participation art project Ipswich has ever seen. For 10 weeks people from Ipswich and further afield in Suffolk, as well as elsewhere in the country, will be able to follow their maps - or download the special app - and hunt out each of the pigs.

Mr Lloyd added: “All 39 of the pigs on the trail are so different and unique – there is no other pig like Frankenswine – so we really hope that someone will fall in love with him and sponsor him for the trail.”

Sponsors will have a plaque bearing their logo attached to the plinth that their pig sits on and there will also be a QR code that hunters can scan to find out more about their business, and potentially unlock prizes.

At the end of the summer, the pigs will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the hospice.

If your business would like to sponsor Frankenswine, contact Mr Lloyd via email or call the hospice on 01473 707965.

Junior Pigs

As well as the 39 giant pigs, small litters of junior pigs will also be hidden around Ipswich during the 10-week trail.

There are 30 junior pigs in total, each one carefully designed and decorated by schools and community groups.

You can get a preview of these at the Suffolk Show next week when the pigs will be visiting various stands around the showground.

Find out more about Pigs Gone Wild here