Remembering the day a pig actually flew

Remembering the day a pig actually flew 

Posted: 2:18 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

By Pete Rizzo


No doubt you’ve heard the idiom “when pigs fly”, which ranks up there with “when hell freezes over” among those idioms denoting the likelihood of something ludicrous ever happening. But it’s not a good idea to use “when pigs fly” with the guys in Pink Floyd because it actually happened on their watch.


A photo shoot for Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album cover went awry 40 years ago this month when a large inflatable pig balloon being used for the shoot broke free and drifted away. But not before someone came up with the idea of taking an earlier shot of the pig and superimposing it over a shot of the iconic Battersea Power Station.

And an iconic album cover, not to mention a concert staple for years to come, was born, with “Pigs” emerging as one of the more memorable tunes off of “Animals”.

In fact, an inflatable flying pig was used to launch a Floyd art exhibit over the summer.

While not my favorite Floyd album, there are some great tunes off “Animals”, with this one as my favorite: