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Artistic Pig Brings Home the Bacon

作者:John Russell 发布日期:3-14-2019

This is What's Trending Today.

Many people know of Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist who created some of the 20th century's most famous paintings. But few, until recently, have heard of "Pigcasso."

Pigcasso is the name given to an artistic pig that was rescued from a slaughterhouse in 2016. The pig currently lives – and creates art – at an animal sanctuary in South Africa's Western Cape region.

Joanne Lefson runs the sanctuary. She says pigs are very smart animals that like to keep their minds active. 'When I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought 'how do I keep her entertained?'' she said.

Pigcasso, a rescued pig, stands in front of the canvas she painted at the Farm Sanctuary in Franschhoek, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2019.
Pigcasso, a rescued pig, stands in front of the canvas she painted at the Farm Sanctuary in Franschhoek, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2019.

Lefson gave Pigcasso some balls, paintbrushes and other objects to play with. 'She basically ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes… she loved them so much,' Lefson said.

Soon the pig was using those paintbrushes to create art.

Her paintings can sell for almost $4,000. The money from her sales go to animal welfare.

Pigcasso has even had one of her artworks turned into a watch face by Swatch, a Swiss watchmaking company. The limited edition 'Flying Pig by Ms. Pigcasso' has green, blue and pink colors and sells for $120.

'FLYING PIG BY MS. PIGCASSO has us squealing with joy!' notes a statement on the company's Twitter page.

Lefson says Pigcasso is 'definitely an abstract expressionist.' The term refers to the artistic movement that sought to communicate emotions using abstract images.

'You can't exactly define what she's painting,' Lefson added, 'but I can tell you that her style slightly changes depending on her mood like any great artist.'

And that's What's Trending Today.

I'm John Russell.

Alexandra Hudson reported on this story for Reuters. John Russell adapted it for VOA Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

Words in This Story

slaughterhouse – n. a building where animals are killed for their meat

sanctuary – n. a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter

paintbrush – n. a brush used for putting paint on a surface

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