Pink Floyds Inflatable Pig Battersea Power Station
A 40-foot long inflatable pig suspended between two of the chimneys at Battersea Power Station, London, during a photoshoot for the cover of Pink Floyd's album Animals, 6th November 1976. Whether it was an epic publicity stunt or a genuine mishap remains a topic of debate in some circles. Either way, the cover shoot for 1977's Animals became one of Pink Floyd's signature moments.
Roger Waters and artist Aubrey Powell, co-founder of the art group Hipgnosis, came up with the concept of an inflatable pig floating over Britain's iconic Battersea Power Station. But things didn't go as planned at the December 1976 photo shoot, as the 40-foot balloon broke from its moorings on one of Battersea's southern chimneys, rising directly into the path of planes landing at Heathrow Airport. All flights were grounded, and Powell was arrested, even as police helicopters and the Royal Air Force arrived to chase the pig. It eventually fell to the ground miles way in Kent.
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The Female Blondin Crossing a High Wire over the River Tha
Engraving showing The Female Blondin, also known as Madame Boutelle and perhaps Polly Freeman, walking a high wire across the River Thames from Battersea to Cremorne Gardens, London, 1861. This image shows a large number of rowing and sailing boats crowding the river to watch the event. One report of this event said that vandals cut the wire and Ms. Blondin fell into the River. Date: 24 August 1861
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Aerial View of Battersea Park Festival Gardens
In the 1950s Battersea Park became "The Festival Gardens", opened in celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain, a national exhibition that was staged to give Brits a feeling of recovery and rebirth after the destruction of World War II. Water gardens, fountains, and a new "tree-walk" Battersea Park, Londonwere added at the time