When I first thought of the idea for the Pig Barn Gallery I researched pigs to see what their symbolic meaning was.
I know pigs have a bad reputation for being dirty and glutinous but I’ve heard many good things about them too. They’re smart and make good pets (think of Arnold the pig from Green Acres) and I’ve heard they don’t go quietly to the slaughter house which makes me think they may have some awareness about it.
What I first found was that in ancient cultures (Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, Chinese) the pig was a symbol for fertility and abundance. I could have stopped there, but it seemed to good to be true, so I decided to look further. I guess I found what I was looking for when I came across some cultures and religions who saw the pig less favorably (ignorance, laziness, unclean). I saw the completing symbols as a choice and decided to believe in the more positive view of pigs. It is my gallery after all.
So fertility and abundance it is. How perfect for a creative venture such as an art gallery. When I bless the barn for the Functional Art show I’ll call on the spirit of Pig, bringing fertility (in what ever form it takes) and abundance to all who visit the gallery.
(I often forget to credit Jon with the photo’s he takes and I hear about it for days. So, both these photo’s are Jon’s and beautiful they are and grateful I am.)