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Marguerite Derricourt, A Day Out, 1999, bronze

A Day Out

Marguerite Derricourt

Officially titled A Day Out by Marguerite Derricourt, but affecionately referred to as "The pigs" by locals, the four pigs were unveiled in 1999 by the Lord Mayor, Dr. Jane Lomax-Smith.

These much love additions to Rundle Mall display a distinctive shiny patina on the bronze, produced by the many children who are attracted to and interact with this work.

Each of the pigs were named by the public in a popularity poll, thus Truffles (sniffing the ground), Oliver (standing), Horatio (sitting) and Augusta were born.

The artist Margarite Derricourt stated in 2020 during the 21st birthday celebrations for this artwork: “Back then I made a lot of animal sculptures, including pigs. I have a soft spot for pigs and wanted to make a sculpture that portrayed them in a sympathetic way. I visited a pig farm in NSW in the course of my research where the poor animals were in cages so small they couldn't turn around. The Rundle Mall pigs are free spirits at large in an urban environment. I am glad that people like them and hope that some will understand the concept behind the installation”.

Rundle Mall (near Stephens Place), Adelaide

Year Produced




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