Search is on for Pink Floyd’s lost pig
The organisers of America’s Coachella music festival are offering a reward for the safe return of a huge inflatable pig.
The blow-up swine, which features the word ‘Obama’, was released into the night sky during Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ headlining set and has lost its way in the California desert.
The festival is also offering four Coachella tickets for life for its safe return, according to spokeswoman Marcee Rondan.
As tall as a two-storey house and as wide as two school buses, the pig was led from lines held on the ground as Waters played a version of Pink Floyd’s Pigs. Then it just floated away.
“It wasn’t really supposed to happen that way. I don’t have the details,” Ms Rondan said. As for safety concerns, she speculated: “Because it’s inflatable, as it loses air it becomes less and less dangerous.”
As of Tuesday, Ms Rondan said, the festival hadn’t been able to contact Waters.
The pig displays the words: “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam holding two bloody cleavers. The other side reads: “Fear builds walls” and the underside reads “Obama” with a checked ballot box for US presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
“People are putting search teams together to find this pig,” Ms Rondan said. “But it may float in the night sky, never to be seen again.”
Waters, who told the crowd: “That’s my pig” as it drifted off, closed the three-day festival. Pink Floyd shows have used blow-up pigs throughout the years.