CHICAGO (CBS) — A plan to fly “floating pigs” in front of the Trump Hotel in Chicago is moving forward, with the project’s creators seeking to raise enough money to launch it by late summer.
“Flying Pigs On Parade” was created by the Chicago-based architecture design group New World Projects, shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election on November.
In December, architect Jeffrey Roberts called the project “a bold visual response to the loud, illogical and frequently hateful expressions that engulfed the elections.”
As envisioned, four large golden pig balloons would float from a barge on the Chicago River, just high enough to obscure the large “Trump” sign. The pigs would fly for one day, perhaps on a Saturday in late August or early September.
New World Projects has launched a fund-raising initiative to cover the project costs, ranging from renting the barge to paying for security and covering costs of permits and equipment. The City Of Chicago has yet to sign off on the project, but the group says it is making progress. Roberts estimates costs to be $100,000 to $150,000.
“The city doesn’t encounter application for projects of this type frequently, so we suspect the process will take a little longer,” Roberts said in an email to CBS Chicago.