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Algie: cleared for takeoff - Pink Floyd's pig to fly again Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 22 September 2011

Pink Floyd Animals - cover detailTo launch the Why Pink Floyd remasters and collectors edition campaign, a very special event has been lined up. EMI Music have confirmed today that on Monday (September 26th), Algie the Pink Floyd pig will take to the skies again. They intend to recreate the cover of the 1977 album 'Animals' by floating the pig above Battersea Power Station in London, for the first time in 35 years.

Working together with Battersea Power Station and the inflatable specialists, Air Artists, creators of all the Pink Floyd inflatables since 1976, EMI have arranged for the pig to float above the iconic building throughout the day, giving Londoners plenty of opportunity to glimpse it bobbing around. Differing from the original 1976 floatation, the 2011 event will see the pig fly at the north end of Battersea Power Station next to the river due to the condition of the building.

Sadly, it's not going to be the original Algie; two weeks prior to the event the original neoprene glued pig was officially declared not airworthy and a brand new high frequency welded PVC replica was made for the occasion.

Unfortunately, the remaining members of Pink Floyd will not be able to attend the event, and there will be absolutely no access to the site. However, you may well find that better viewing is found from further back, and even from across the River Thames. We'd love to see your pictures of the day, and we'll post a selection of the best in a special gallery on the Brain Damage Facebook page.

 

 
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