Monday, 26 May 2008

King Bladud's Pigs

In a more interesting public art concept the streets of Bath are home to a colourful herd of 100 pigs this summer. King Bladud's Pigs decorate the streets and nearby villages. There is even a flying pig in a tree. Bladud is claimed to be the founder of Bath, famous for its preserved Roman bath, after he recognised the beneficial effects of the muddy spring fed bog land on his pigs and was so cured of leprosy by the spa water.
The pigs have all been painted by different artists, they are all named and can be sponsored by local groups. After the summer the pigs will be auctioned for charity. Certainly a different concept than the usually less than inspiring public art around, and maybe an idea that we could adapt in Cairns to a relevant theme?

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