March of the Pigs

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Throughout my Seattle explorations this week, I have been greeted by kindly, welcoming…pigs. I was rather confused by their presence, beautiful though they are, until a bus tour guide explained it to us yesterday.

In 1971, Georgia Gerber, a local sculptor, created the bronze piggy bank Rachel as a fundraiser for Pike’s Place Market. This little piggy has raised over $120,000. In 2001, Gerber created a mold for the first Pigs on Parade. Celebrating the Market’s centennial, the pigs are back by popular demand, marking many of the city sights. As a tourist here, I find their colorful presence representative of the fun, offbeat vibe of the city.

You can see more piggy pictures on Josh’s post here.

4 Comments so far

  1. Zee (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    As a local, I would like to invite you to take as many pigs with you when you go back home as you would like. Why scrimp–go ahead and take the whole set!


  2. tamara (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    ditto!


  3. eldan (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    Am I the only person who lives here and actually likes them?


  4. Amber Joy (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    I live here and absolutely love the pigs! Last night in Belltown, I watched a pig truly *loved on* by countless intoxicated 20-somethings. It was a celebrity! Everyone wanted his or her picture mounting it. (Including the car of people that stole my parking spot) But that’s Belltown on a Friday night! lol



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