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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


August 15, 2012


Pigs on the Pavement
Chalk one up in 3-D for pigs at the zoo!

Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |

Kunekune pigs are the most recent addition to the Woodland Park Zoo’s Family Farm. Celebrate their arrival at the zoo’s Pigs on the Pavement 3-D chalk art event.  

Photo Credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo


Let your imagination go hog wild with Woodland Park Zoo’s Pigs on the Pavement 3-D chalk art highlighting the zoo’s three new pig species introduced in May.                    

Pigs on the Pavement celebrates the arrival of the zoo’s rare and endangered Visayan warty pigs, African warthogs, and now at the zoo’s Family Farm, kunekune pigs native to New Zealand. Featured artist Jack Gunter of Camano Island will craft a unique visual experience for visitors, displaying the zoo’s pigs in three-dimensional chalk art at the West Entrance.

Gunter is the author and illustrator ofA Pictorial History of the Northwest Including the Future”. In his book, Gunter invents a black and white pig as an observer of his history paintings.  Pigs are a popular subject of his imaginative works and this theme will be included in a large 3-D work of chalk art at the zoo. Grab a pair of 3-D glasses, courtesy of the zoo, and watch Gunter’s whimsical artwork come to life!

Additional local artists will join Gunter and zoo visitors by creating works of art celebrating pigs on the surface of the zoo’s West Plaza. Don’t leave all the fun to the professionals! Visitors are invited to draw, too. Space will be provided, along with plenty of chalk, to let youngsters try their hands at decorating the pavement.


Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


West Entrance located at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th Street and N. 56th Street. Activities take place in the West Plaza.


A few parking spots marked with traffic cones will be reserved in the inner north lot where the admin. offices are located off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. The press is requested to remove a cone to park and to replace it when leaving.


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