SJ8382 : Pigs Might Fly at Quarry Bank Mill

taken 6 years ago, near to Styal, Cheshire, Great Britain

Pigs Might Fly at Quarry Bank Mill
Pigs Might Fly at Quarry Bank Mill
Part of the "Beastly Machines" exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Johnny White at the entrance to the textile museum at Quarry Bank Mill.

In terms of beauty, Johnny states ‘the pig is a highly underrated animal’.

In many cultures, the pig doesn’t enjoy a favourable image and is often used as a byword for uncleanliness, arrogance and greed. However, in China the pig is the twelfth sign of the zodiac and is symbolic of manly strength. In real life, the pig is a highly intelligent and sociable animal.

For this sculpture, Johnny presents the pig as an angelic flying cherub. However the spanner he is holding and the title “Pigs Might Fly”, hint at a little cynicism towards the creature’s virtues.

(adapted from an information board next to the display).
Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Mill, on the River Bollin in the village of Styal, was founded by Samuel Greg in 1784 for the spinning of cotton and, by the time of his retirement in 1832, it was the largest cotton spinning business in the UK. The mill was originally powered by a water wheel. During the 19th century, this was supplemented by steam engines as the water supply from the Bollin was inconsistent during the summer months.

In 1939, Quarry Bank Mill and the surrounding estate were donated to the National Trust and are open to the public. The mill is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution period and now serves as a museum of the cotton industry. Commercial production at the mill continued until 1959.

Quarry Bank Mill has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.

LinkExternal link - Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate (National Trust)
LinkExternal link - Quarry Bank Mill (Wikipedia article with more information about the history of the mill and estate)
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Friday, 21 June, 2013
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