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Iberiian Pig

in Steel by Melissa Hurles 2 Artist Reviews
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A life size Iberian pig made of tight layers of galvanised chicken wire. Lenght 65 inches, width 26 inches, height 34 inches. This sculpture was inspired by a summer visit to the Extremadura I was amazed by both its surroundings and the animal itself ,The Iberian pig, also known as the Pata Negra ( Black hoofed) is a domesticated pig native to the Iberian peninsular. It is a widely accepted theory that way back in the Neolithic period, domesticated pigs interbred with Wild boar, resulting in what we know today as the Pata Negra. This breed is mainly found in the North-western regions of Spain, Extremadura being the foremost producer of Spain. The breed is characterised as having black or dark grey skin and is disposed to being obese due to its healthy appetite. The Pata Negra shows particular gusto for acorns, which are the pig’s staple. As opposed to common pig farming, this breed contributes to the local Mediterranean ecosystem by feeding on the acorns, wild grasses and berries that fall in the Dehesa (Oak forest). The pig has the freedom to roam through the forest foraging for its food, this in turn adds to the pig’s intramuscular frame. In addition to this, the pig’s diet produces the marbling in the meat and the unique, high quality taste in the Jamon. For many, the Pata Negra is arguably more relevant today and more emblematic of Spain than the bull.
W 65.00" x H 34.00"
W 165.10 cm x H 86.36 cm
Free standing wire sculpture
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About the Artist

I am predominantly an abstract and landscape artist spending much of my time in the mountains behind Valencia or traveling round Andalucia. My love for this country has been expressed through my abstract and semi-abstract paintings,and have been enjoyed by many in the United Kingdom. ...

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