If you’ve paid a visit to Ipswich town centre or waterfront since 27th June, you’ll probably have noticed our streets have been taken over by a host of porcelain porcine invaders!
But fear not, it’s not a (h)ambush, it’s Pigs Gone Wild – the biggest mass participation art event in Suffolk! Here’s a word from patron Jimmy Doherty…
This must-see event has been organised by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with Wild in Art, and features beautifully designed, larger-than-life pig sculptures by artists in East Anglia and further afield, as well as 30 “piglets” designed by local schools and community groups.
These stunning pig sculptures will be gracing us with their presence until 2nd September, so there’s plenty of time left to download the app, pick up a trail map and go find all 39 adult pigs – much better than Pokémon Go! If you’re up to the challenge, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a luxury holiday in the Suffolk countryside.
As well as Pigs Gone Wild merchandise, which can be purchased from St Elizabeth Hospice shops and East of England Co-op stores in Ipswich, if you happen to fall in love with a particular piggy, the sculptures will be auctioned off on 22nd September – following the Ta Ta Trotters event at Ipswich Town Hall on 10th/11th September.
The money raised will help fund St Elizabeth Hospice’s vital nursing care, supporting people living with progressive illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease. Register your interest for the auction via the Pigs Gone Wild website – pigsgonewild.co.uk.
So what are you waiting for? Trot off today and become a porker stalker – chop chop!