It set the stage for Pink Floyd’s most iconic album cover.
Now, 45 years later, Battersea Power Station has once again been chosen as the setting for one of the legendary rock band’s new releases.
On Wednesday evening, the refurbished London landmark lit up to promote the release of the band’s Animals 2018 Remix album, which features remixes of ‘Pigs on the Wing 1’ and ‘Dogs’.
The 1977 classic Animals album also featured the station with a pink pig flying in the sky above.
It became infamous after the inflatable balloon, nicknamed Algie, broke free from its moorings during the three-day photo shoot and flew all the way to a farm in Kent – halting flights from Heathrow.
Pink Floyd promotes the release of his remix album Animals by lighting up the Battersea Power Station that formed the background for the album’s cover in 1977.
Earlier this month, the legendary English rock band released a new version of the hit album, titled Animals (2018 Remix). Nick Mason, Dave Gilmour, Rick Wright and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd are pictured (left to right) in 2005
Pink Floyd produced her Animals album herself at the Britannia Row Studios in London in the late 1970s. The cover of the record featured a now infamous photo of the Battersea Power Station with a pink pig flying in the sky above it
Pink Floyd teased the promotional event last week in a cryptic tweet describing Battersea Power Station as a “highly appropriate canvas.”
The band said it would hold some sort of event to “mark the release of Pink Floyd’s Animals 2018 Remix,” but gave few details.
Fans immediately suspected that there would be some kind of artistic performance mixing art and music. Some supposed band members would even make an appearance on the station.
On Wednesday evening, Pink Floyd officially launched the display – after doing a ‘test run’ earlier this week.
Photos of the display show the station lit up with turquoise and magenta lights and a promo caption: “Pink Floyd Animals Remix out now.”
Projections of the album’s artwork also appeared to be launched from the building and across the River Thames.
It’s unclear if tonight’s display will differ from yesterday’s. There’s also no indication the band will show up for the show, which kicks off tonight.
Photos of the display show the station lit up with turquoise and magenta lights and a promo read: ‘Pink Floyd Animals Remix Out Now’
Projections of the album’s artwork also appeared to be launched from the building and across the River Thames
Pink Floyd teased the promotional event last week in a cryptic tweet describing Battersea Power Station as a ‘highly appropriate canvas’
The band began teasing around the album’s release earlier this month when a photo of the 40-foot inflatable pig was tweeted on the original album cover, telling fans they were “getting ready.”
On the Animals album, which is considered one of the most iconic covers of all time, Algie floated between smoking chimneys at the power plant.
The inflatable pig was hoisted above the London monument for the album’s photo shoot. However, chaos broke out on the second day of shooting when the pig broke loose in a gust of wind.
The pig disappeared into thin air, forcing Heathrow Airport to cancel the flight as it roamed the clouds, obstructing flight paths.
The pig eventually ended up on farmland in Kent and would terrify a herd of cows.
The band began teasing around the album’s release earlier this month when a photo of the 40-foot inflatable pig, nicknamed Algie, was tweeted on the original album cover, telling fans they were “getting ready.”
An inflatable pig soars over Battersea Power Station in London on September 26, 2011, during a photo call to promote the release of remastered albums and previously unreleased music by British rock band Pink Floyd
The release of Animals 2018 Remix is an ode to the original album. It became available in stores and on streaming platforms on September 16.
However, the release has been delayed for the past four years due to an alleged “dispute over some sleeve notes” between band members Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
The release date was finally confirmed in June 2022 and the new album artwork, showing the remains of the station surrounded by construction cranes, was released.
A deluxe version of the album is expected to be released on October 7.
Meanwhile, Roger Waters has announced a farewell tour that includes three UK dates. He plays in Birmingham, London and Glasgow in May and June.
David Gilmour and Nick Mason also got together earlier this year to release a charity single entitled Hey Hey Rise Up, which benefited Ukraine’s humanitarian efforts following the Russian invasion.
It was the first time in 28 years that Pink Floyd released new music.