Fly­ing pigs and prisms

Pink Floyd expo to open at London’s V& A next May.

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A PINK in­flat­able pig the size of a bus floated above London's ven­er­a­ble Vic­to­ria and Al­bert mu­seum on Wed­nes­day but un­like an in­fa­mous out­ing above Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion in 1976 it did not break free and ground planes at Heathrow.

In­stead, it per­haps slowed traf­fic a bit, but most cer­tainly caused passers- by to ex­claim: “The pig!”

One of the many glob­ally recog­nis­able em­blems of Pink Floyd, along with prisms and march­ing ham­mers, the pig was fly­ing to mark the launch of The Pink Floyd Ex­hi­bi­tion: Their Mor­tal Re­mains, a ret­ro­spec­tive to be hosted at the mu­seum next May.

That date marks 50 years since the band re­leased its first sin­gle Arnold Layne. The group then went on to mas­sive world­wide ac­claim, in­clud­ing two of the most suc­cess­ful al­bums of all time, Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is de­signed to cel­e­brate that, along with Pink Floyd's achieve­ments in graph­ics, de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture, stag­ing, light­ing, film and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Nick Ma­son, drum­mer and a found­ing mem­ber, said the ex­hi­bi­tion is re­ally a paean to the band's longevity.

“It's the fact that we still sort of ex­ist and we still seem to in­ter­est peo­ple after 50 years in an industry that was seen as en­tirely ephemeral by all of us when we first started,” he said at the launch.

“I'm fond of re­mind­ing peo­ple that Ringo thought that he'd open a chain of hair­dressers when the Bea­tles came to an end ... I don't think we saw any 50 years ahead of us when we kicked off.”

The V& A is promis­ing an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence when the ex­hi­bi­tion opens, with con­cert footage not seen be­fore, a laser light show de­signed for the event, new stage de­signs, 350 dif­fer­ent ob­jects plus some items from the mu­seum's own col­lec­tion.

It will be the mu­seum's third re­cent foray into the rock world. It held a crit­i­cally ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tion on David Bowie in 2013 and is cur­rently host­ing You Say You Want A Rev­o­lu­tion? Records and Rebels 1966- 1970 till Fe­bru­ary next year.

All three shows re­late to a pe­riod of un­prece­dented cre­ativ­ity in mu­sic, which some peo­ple be­lieve will never be matched.

Ma­son said he did not know how peo­ple could make it in today's mu­sic busi­ness where songs are shared for free and there are so many peo­ple try­ing to make it big.

When asked if Pink Floyd could suc­ceed if it were start­ing out today, he replied: “I don't think we'd even get on The X Fac­tor.” – Reuters

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Pink Floyd’s ( from left) Roger Wa­ters, Nick Ma­son, Syd Bar­rett and Richard Wright leap­ing from the steps of EMI House in London in March 1967. The first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of the Bri­tish prog rock giants will be held at London’s Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum next year.

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