While in Seattle for Gnomedex I came across Pigs On Parade, a series of 100 pig sculptures, each made by a different artist and sponsored by a piganthropist, that are located in and around Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Pigs on Parade, a sequel to the original one which took place in 2001, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the market and helps raise funds for the Pike Place Market Foundation which provides low-income servies.
In 1971, the citizens of Seattle voted to save the Market from the wrecking ball and also to ensure vital social services for low-income people. The Market Foundation thought a piggy bank could help raise money for these services. Georgia Gerber, a local sculptor, designed Rachel, the Marketâ€™s piggy bank.
Here are some more Pigs on Parade photos from jdong and Chris De Jabet.
Tomorrow, Friday, August 17th is Pike Place Market’s 100th birthday and there will be a huge Centennial Day celebration to celebrate this occasion.