Pigs hog limelight in town photo shoot as trail launch draws closer
PUBLISHED: 18:23 13 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:23 13 June 2016
Nearly 70 pigs trotted the pigwalk to have their photos taken for this summer's charity sculpture trail Pigs Gone Wild.
Their photos were taken for the exhibition’s official trail maps, sticker albums and souvenir guides which will be available when the project kicks off on June 27.
Joining in were 39 larger-than life pigs, which have been decorated by artists and sponsored by local businesses, and 30 junior pigs, created by schools and community groups.
Pigs Gone Wild project manager Norman Lloyd said: “Having all 69 of our pigs in one place, at home in their pigsty – a warehouse kindly lent to us by the East of England Co-op – is an incredible sight. We cannot wait for everybody to finally be able to see the magnificent sculptures on the streets of Ipswich.
“A big thank you to Mark Bailey of Bailey’s Photography, for spending his day photographing our perfect piggies, generously giving up his time for free.”
So far, only three of the big pig sculptures have been unveiled, the Pigs Gone Wild mascot Tally-Ho Trotters, Ipswich Building Society’s pig, Pretty Penny, and most recently Suffolk County Council (SCC)’s pig Ed Sheer-Ham.
From June 27 to September 2, the pigs will be displayed on a trail through Ipswich and it is hoped that people from all over the country will visit the town to see them.
Pigs Gone Wild aims to be the biggest mass participation art event Suffolk has ever seen and is being brought to the county by local charity, St Elizabeth Hospice.