History Pig, Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, VA.

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Comments (3)

Teresa Chrzanowski F… on October 7, 2012

Can you tell me about its history?


r.w. dawson on October 8, 2012

I can sort of fill you in from my experience in a similar project. Community charities will sponsor the decoration of critters that have ties to their communities that are then auctioned off after area artist's decorate them. The town of Smithfield is famous for it's "Smithfield Hams" so the pig was an obvious choice. A company will produce the generic fiberglass pigs (or whatever the community has selected) that are then decorated by local artists. Sometimes the artists are sponsored by a business or community group to create a special (in this case) pig for the History museum. This pig sits outside of the of the Isle of Wight County Museum, (which is the county that Smithfield is a part of) and the pig is decorated with old photos of the area. Once all of the pigs are decorated they are usually auctioned off to raise money for the community charity who put the program in motion in the first place. http://www.fiberstock.com/stock-animals -Or- http://www.cityartproject.com/2008Projects/Projects2008.htm

Teresa Chrzanowski F… on October 8, 2012

Thank you. I'm actually interested in photos' stories, history. The flood of digital photography undermined the essence of knowledge, and paradoxically limited interests.

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  • Uploaded on October 6, 2012
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    by r.w. dawson
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