Picture of the Day: Dark side of the balloon

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A giant inflatable pig was floated above Battersea Power Station in south London yesterday to recreate the iconic cover of Pink Floyd's 1974 album Animals. The stunt was designed to mark the reissue of the band's 14 studio albums by the EMI record label.

The original inflatable caused havoc in December 1974 when it slipped its moorings and floated into the path of flights heading to Heathrow Airport. It was eventually recovered by a farmer in Kent.

Organisers of yesterday's event had planned to use the same pig, which has been kept at a workshop since the original shoot, but two weeks ago it was deemed not to be airworthy and a replica was made.

Pink Floyd, who released such seminal albums as The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, are one of the most successful rock bands of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million albums worldwide.

The group, also famous for their acrimonious split and one-off reunion at the Live 8 charity concert in 2005, re-signed to their former label EMI in January in a five-year deal.

EMI is re-releasing all 14 Floyd studio albums, remastered and available digitally. They are also available as one Discovery Box Set. A special edition of one of the band's most acclaimed albums, The Dark Side of The Moon, goes on sale from Monday and features unreleased songs.

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