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Artist Jenny Leonard with Spider Pig

Artist Jenny Leonard with Spider Pig

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Homer Simpson was in Ipswich this week handing out free doughnuts to families as they uncovered movie character Spider Pig.

Homer Simpson with Spider Pig and LorrinPhillipsHomer Simpson with Spider Pig and LorrinPhillips

The pig, which features in The Simpsons movie, has been recreated for the Pigs Gone Wild trail and has been sponsored by Easton & Otley College.

A team from the college joined Homer Simpson outside Crown Pools, where the pig is located, to hand out free doughnuts and ice-cold lemonade during the heatwave.

Lorrin Phillips, 24, from Ipswich, said: “Spider Pig and the pigs’ trail is brilliant. It brings visitors into town and it takes them to places they haven’t been before.”

Easton and Otley College spokesman John Nice said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the pig’s trail. While we were handing out freebies we saw several people going around Ipswich with their maps. It’s clearly been well received and the fact that it is raising so much money and awareness for St Elizabeth Hospice is important.”

Artist Jenny Leonard with a London bus she designed and paintedArtist Jenny Leonard with a London bus she designed and painted

Spider Pig was created by 32-year-old artist Jenny Leonard, from Braintree, and he is her 20th larger-than-life sculpture to date.

“I try to put three designs in for each art trail in the hope that at least one will be chosen, and I have been very lucky.

“I start off trying to think of a pun and then build designs from there. I look at the shape of the animal and what will fit.”

Spider Pig is not the first superhero-inspired design she has created, having painted a gorilla that was half Superman and half Clark Kent for a trail in Norwich.

Artist Jenny Leonard, from Braintree with her jungle giraffeArtist Jenny Leonard, from Braintree with her jungle giraffe

“I like the superheroes because they always appeal to kids, I like to paint animals that children will want to pose for a photo with.”

When she is not painting pigs, Jenny runs workshops in schools for aspiring artists and also paints murals for private and commercial customers.

“I have done jungle-themed murals, under the sea themes and Disney characters,” she said.

As an artist, her work is diverse to say the least.

“I painted a 5ft gnome for Hampton Court and now I am going to spend August dressed as a gnome showing people around the trail.”

Pigs Gone Wild, hosted by St Elizabeth Hospice, runs until September 2.

To find out where to get trail maps, how to download the app or how long the trail takes to complete, see here

For more Pigs Gone Wild news, see here

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