SILENCE IS COMPLICITY
"...I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgment have simply disappeared from the face of the earth." George Orwell, Diaries
A River Folly
"Flying Pigs on Parade" is a visual response 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. We feel the message, once again, seems 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.
Making it a Reality
Flying Pigs on Parade is intended to first deploy in Chicago an art installation. The project could not progress in 2017 due to municipal concerns over river traffic. We are revising our implementation strategy in an effort to alleviate the city's concerns. We will seek an installation during 2018.
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) has given us approval to replicate the original iconic Battersea pig in gold. It is these iconic inflatables that will grace the skies of Chicago.
We will need financial assistance in implementing the project.
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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. The project is a bold visual response to the loud, illogical and frequently hateful expressions that engulfed the elections and now define the activities of 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.
Demand truth and decency from government.