PAINTERLY PIG A MAJOR SUCCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA
So I love pigs. But that’s a conflict. Because I also love bacon. The more I see cool pigs, the less I feel ok about bacon. So this makes that salty masterpiece even harder to enjoy. A rescue pig has stolen all the attention at an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, South Africa. That’s because this porker loves colors and paintbrushes. And she likes using one to enact the other. So yes, that means this is a pig who paints. A painter pig, or Pigcasso, if you will. But this is truly a rags to riches success story. Pigcasso found herself rescued way back when she was a piglet in a abattoir. Her sanctuary home is in the country’s Western Cape South African region. She’s been there since 2016.
PIG IGNORED ALL FUN TOYS, JUST WANTED PAINT BRUSHES AND HIGH ART
But her new owners realized this pig loved colors and paint paintbrushes and even painting. We all know that pigs are smart. But being smarter than a dog doesn’t mean you can paint. And this pig can paint! Good pig. Joanne Lefson runs the Farm Sanctuary SA and said, “Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought how do I keep her entertained? We threw in some soccer balls, rugby balls and of course there were some paintbrushes lying around because the barn was newly build … She basically ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes … she loved them so much.”
PIGCASSO PAINTINGS COST AS MUCH AS $4,000, THIS PIG DOES FLY
But then before they knew what was happening, this good pig was dipping paint brushes into paint! She then would….paint! So here’s the thing: this pig paints. On canvas. People buy her paintings for as much as $4,000. But all the money goes to support animal welfare. But this pig is also fashionable. And no, I’m not putting lipstick on a pig, literally or otherwise. One of her paintings is now a watch face for Swatch. They call the limited-edition watch, “Flying Pig by Ms. Pigcasso.” It’s got green, blue and pink painterly strokes. You can buy the salty watch for $120.
But bring home the bacon, first.