Around 40 pigs decorated by local artists will be on display around Ipswich town centre and waterfront areas this summer!
The Pigs Gone Wild art trail will be running for 10 weeks from June 27.
Poundfield Precast was approached by Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild project manager, earlier in the year with the idea to make concrete plinths for the project which will be raising funds for St Elizabeth’s Hospice.
After a brief design and consultation period with Poundfields Bespoke product division, a clear and strong design was created for the pigs to be securely bolted upon.
Last week the new steel mould was set up and tested at Poundfield, and the team from St Elizabeth Hospice visited to see the first two sample products. The final reinforced concrete plinths will be 1,750mm x 1,000mm x 500mm. Each plinth also will weigh in at 1.45 tonnes so hopefully heavy enough to deter anyone contemplating a spot of pig rustling!
Mr Lloyd said: “We are so grateful to Poundfield for creating the plinths for the trail. These are big products and not something to be taken lightly. The pigs will look great on them.”
The concrete plinths will also hold two dibond plaques on the side containing contact details about the sponsors, pigs name and artist. Also included on the plaques will be a QR code that visitors can scan with the Pigs Gone Wild app to ‘collect’ pigs and unlock special offers.
The plinths will be delivered in May ready for the pigs and plaques to be fixed, before leaving for their new homes on the Pigs Gone Wild trail.
Tim Evans, of Poundfield Precast, said: “We were delighted to a part of this project, in fact, so delighted that we also decided to sponsor our own pig – ‘The Ham-inator’!”
St Elizabeth Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Suffolk’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Pigs Gone Wild.
The pigs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks this summer. They will also be joined by a sounder of junior pig sculptures designed by local school children and teachers, which will appear in litters across the town.
The interactive sculpture trail will feature more than 40 pigs and be on show from 27 June to 2 September. You will be able to follow the trail, collect points with the Pigs Gone Wild app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.
After you have enjoyed the trail, the large pig sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
For more information on Pigs Gone Wild visit www.pigsgonewild.co.uk
More details of our own pig ‘The Ham-inator’! will be coming soon!!!