Pink Floyd began eight months of continuous recording on their next album, Animals.
The recording took place at their own studio facility, Britannia Row, in North London.
2, 3 & 4 December 1976
Album sleeve designers Hipgnosis arranged a three-day photo shoot
at London's Battersea Power Station. With a concept suggested
by Roger Waters, the team photographed a 40ft helium-filled
inflatable pig floating above the power station for the cover
of the new Floyd album, Animals. On the first day, the marksman
who had been hired to shoot down the pig if it escaped its mooring
ropes was not needed, but it took so long to inflate the pig that
the photographers could only get coverage of the building. On the
second day the pig was installed but broke free and sailed away;
the marksman hadn't been rehired so it escaped, coming down
in Kent. On the third day, Hipgnosis got their shot, but the final
cover was a composite of Day 3 pig and Day 1 location.