Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Organized by the Federação Portuguesa de Suinicultores (Portuguese Federation of Pig Farmers) and the support of the City Hall of Évora, students and people from other institutions in Évora artisticly decorated near 50 fiberglass-made pigs.
Entitled "Pig Parade", the outside public exhbition intends to promote the II Ibero-American Congress of Pig Farming that is taking place in Évora (Portugal) between the days of 21st and 24th of June 2011, as well as to aknowledge farmers and landowners who on Tuesdays used to get together in the Praça do Giraldo (Giraldo Square) thus originating the "Dia de S. Porco" (St. Pig Day).
Now, in the middle of this month, the decorated pigs were distributed through several strategic places around the city and everyone was quite happy with the event.
The problem is that although the pigs could not move on their own, someone thought that they could use some help and near twelve are missing at this time.
The Art Inquirer is aware that the portuguese economy is not going through its best days, but it will be difficult to make sandwiches with these pigs. Maybe they will try to sell one or two mixed with real ones ?
Due to these facts, the decorated pigs were all moved to the Praça do Giraldo where they'll be closely watched.
Anyway, besides the already mentioned reasons for this "Pig Parade", there will occur a special event that is worth referring.
The pigs will be auctioned on the 29th of June (18h30) in Horta das Laranjeiras and the proceeds will be donated to the APPACDM of Évora, (Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Hadicapped Citizen).
Meawhile two authors of one of the stolen pigs started a Facebook page to help find the pig named "Dummie". The page is called "Vamos encontrar o Porco dummie."
Posted by Jose Carrilho at 1:33 PM