Lost and Found: Giant Pink Floyd Pig
May 1, 2008 at 5:32 AM (PT)
The giant helium-filled balloon pig floating during ROGER WATERS’ set at the COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL in INDIO, CA., has been found after a worrisome disappearance but it’s not the same sturdy hog we knew.
The pig was lifted for all to see SUNDAY night, the third and last day of the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, during ROGER WATERS’ performance of PINK FLOYD’s "Pigs," from the 1977 album "Animals." Setting it free was not part of the plan, as festival spokeswoman MARCEE RONDAN confessed to the ASSOCIATED PRESS. "It wasn't really supposed to happen that way. I don't have the details," she said.
The inflatable pig, with the height of a two-story house and the width of two school buses, was also decorated with messages. On one side, it displayed the words "Don't be led to the slaughter" and a cartoon of UNCLE SAM holding two bloody cleavers, while on the other side it said "Fear builds walls." The underside read "OBAMA" with a checked ballot box for Democratic presidential hopeful BARACK OBAMA.
Concert organizers offered a $10,000 reward for the pig's return, and TUESDAY, it looked like two couples had earned the reward by each finding half of the pig. The sad remains of the hog were found in their yards, a few miles from festival grounds in the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA desert, nearby LA QUINTA, reports the AP. COACHELLA officials declared it was indeed the absent swine.