"...I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgment have simply disappeared from the face of the earth."   George Orwell, Diaries


 Artist's rendering -  Flying Pigs on Parade  over the Chicago River

Artist's rendering - Flying Pigs on Parade over the Chicago River

A River Folly

"Flying Pigs on Parade: A Chicago River Folly" is a visual art piece responding to the loud, illogical and frequently hateful expressions that polluted the presidential elections and that now define the actions of our U.S. leadership. 

One hundred years ago the Russian Revolution launched a series of events that would drastically alter the world. George Orwell used these events as the basis for his 1945 novella Animal Farm. The poignancy of the text has reverberated with many generations. The message is once again, sadly, relevant.

In 1977 Pink Floyd rendered their musical interpretation of the allegory into the concept album Animals in response to social-political conditions in late-70's Britain. Like Orwell's book, the interpretive messages of Animals have unfortunately become highly relevant again.

We have taken the next step by designing a visual interpretation of Animal Farm. The art folly has been created to provide visual relief to the citizens of Chicago by interrupting the view of the ostentatious Trump Tower Chicago sign. The design follows rigorous rationale in providing layers of meaning but ultimately allows for interpretation by individual viewers.

The design scheme is composed of four gold colored helium balloon pigs (Old Major, Napoleon, Squealer and Minimus) tethered in the Chicago River. The references are many, from flying pigs and Miss Piggy comments to a taste for gold embellished interiors. Ultimately, this is a very rational design and is in direct contrast to the chaotic nature and bizarre antics of our current leadership.

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) gave his approval to replicate the original iconic Battersea pig in gold for project imagery, and in the event the project became a reality, access to fabricators.

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 artist rendering - four gold pigs

artist rendering - four gold pigs

 artist rendering - from Wabash Avenue

artist rendering - from Wabash Avenue

Who We Are

We are designers creating visual commentary on the ridiculous nature of our current political environment. We are not radicals or activists. We see design as our path to reinforcing a sensible community. Our projects are intended as a bold visual responses to the loud, illogical and frequently hateful expressions that pollute the activities of our current U.S. leadership. We see this folly as a gesture in support of those of more rational, optimistic and inclusive minds. We are proud and rational Americans.

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