Pigcasso, is a rescued pig who was destined for the slaughter-house, is not painting a better picture for pig-kind.
Based at a Farm Sanctuary in Franschhoek, just outside Cape Town, Pigcasso paints bright and bold strokes with her snout on a propped up canvas in her sty.
According to SA People News, the sow was rescued from an abbatoir as a piglet and brought to the animal shelter in Franschhoek, where her new owners noticed her love for colour and paintbrushes.
Joanne Lefson who runs Farm Sanctuary SA said pigs are very smart animals and when she brought Pigcasso to the barn, she wondered how she could keep Pigcasso entertained.
Lefson said they threw in soccer balls, rugby balls and there was a few paint brushes lying around as the barn had just been built. Pigcasso ate and destroyed everything except those paintbrushes, which she was very fond of.
She added that Pigcasso was soon dipping her paintbrushes into paint pots and making her mark.
With a little branding, the pig began painting masterpieces that would sell for nearly 4000 dollars with proceeds going to the animal shelter of course. Pigcasso even had one of her paintings turned into the face of a watch for Swiss watchmaker, Swatch.
The company announced a collaboration with the pig last month. The limited edition named "Flying Pig by Ms. Pigcasso" features pink, green and blue brush strokes and sells for 120 dollars.
Lefson added that Pigcasso is an abstract artist and you can't define what she is painting but like any artist, her style changes depending on her mood.
Check ot some of her artwork below.
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