Contest #509: Battresea Power Station, London, UK

Any list of the most iconic album cover images of the rock era would have to include 1977’s “Animals” by Pink Floyd.

The artwork began as a series of photographs of a giant helium inflated pig balloon floated above Battersea Power Station in London. Interestingly enough the balloon’s moorings broke and the pig “escaped”, eventually floating over Heathrow Airport, causing a temporary closure of the airport.

Today, Battersea Power Station is under reconstruction as a site that will include a smaller, cleaner power station (retaining its classic look) along with shops, residential areas, office space (Apple will have a large presence), and green space. But, alas, no flying pig is planned for the new development — such a missed opportunity!

Here’s what it SHOULD look like after completion:

Those who joined in watching for pigs on the wing:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Chris Nason
  • LawnBoy
  • Robin
  • mehmet durmus
  • Jeather
  • Phil Ower
  • Declan Moore
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Andy McConnell
  • Ridicully
  • Lighthouse

None after the hint.