Flying pigs and prisms: Pink Floyd expo to open at London's V&A

Thu Sep 1, 2016 2:43am EDT
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By Jeremy Gaunt

LONDON (Reuters) - A pink inflatable pig the size of a bus floated above London's venerable Victoria and Albert museum on Wednesday but unlike an infamous outing above Battersea Power Station in 1976 it did not break free and ground planes at Heathrow.

Instead, it perhaps slowed traffic a bit, but most certainly caused passers-by to exclaim: "The pig!".

One of the many globally recognizable emblems of Pink Floyd, along with prisms and marching hammers, the pig was flying to mark the launch of "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains", a retrospective to be hosted at the museum next May.

That date marks 50 years since the band released its first single "Arnold Layne". The group then went on to massive worldwide acclaim, including two of the most successful albums of all time, "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall".

The exhibition is designed to celebrate that, along with Pink Floyd's achievements in graphics, design, architecture, staging, lighting, film and photography.

Nick Mason, drummer and a founding member, said the exhibition is really a paean to the band's longevity.

"It's the fact that we still sort of exist and we still seem to interest people after 50 years in an industry that was seen as entirely ephemeral by all of us when we first started," he told Reuters at the launch.

"I'm fond of reminding people that Ringo thought that he'd open a chain of hairdressers when the Beatles came to an end ... I don't think we saw any 50 years ahead of us when we kicked off."   Continued...

Victoria and Albert Museum staff, Martin Roth (L), Tim Reeve (C) and Victoria Broakes (2nd R) pose with promoter Michael Cohl (R) and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, to promote "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains", which will open in May 2017, in London, Britain August 31, 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls