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Not the Hampshire Hog

Published: 16 June 2004

A banqueting table, whose centrepiece is a pink pig sculpted entirely from confectioners' sugar, is one of many exciting pieces featuring in the Winchester School of Art Degree Show 2004.

The sugar pig was cast in a rubber mould created from a real pig's carcass bought from a Devon butcher. The use of a rubber mould has allowed the artist to capture an enormous amount of detail, even down to the hairs on the animal's chin.

The lavish banqueting table also features individual portions of the pig, again cast in sugar from the original carcass. These are interspersed with paper plates of sweets and crystal glasses frosted around the rims with hundreds and thousands.

The creator of the piece entitled 'Henrietta', BA Fine Art Sculpture student Jacqueline Brown (22), comes from a farming background in north Devon and says that her sculpture is a statement on what we eat. "Whilst in theory the sculpture is edible, this is not a meal that anyone could really stomach," she explains.

Notes for editors

  1. Digital images of 'Henrietta' are available on request.
  2. The WSA Degree Show 2004 is open to the public on Saturday 19 June from 10am - 4pm and Monday 21 to Friday25 June from 11am - 8pm. Visitors are asked to use city car parks.
  3. Winchester School of Art merged with the University of Southampton in 1996. Founded in 1860, WSA has an international reputation for research and teaching in art, art history and design, with overseas students in Barcelona and links with many other institutions in Europe.
  4. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and 4,800 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £250 million.
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