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Sculpture Bronze Pig, Tartu

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Monument · Tourist Spot
Aptly located near the market, Sculpture Bronze Pig is a charming reminder of several things. First, the pig is the city's symbol of prosperity. On a more practical level, the market sells pork--hence the typical cuts of pork engraved and listed on one side of the statue. The smiling pig was brought to the square in 2008 and is meant to help new butchers with cutting meat properly. If you look closely, you may also find another meaning here: it smiles standing atop an overturned wooden tub--a typical basin where the animal is placed after slaughter. Put Sculpture Bronze Pig into our Tartu journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tartu.
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  • Huge sculpture pig in front of the covered market. Guess the pig escaped from the butcher! Very fun!  more »
  • loved the pig. he rules here. its big - quirky and a least people then notice the market behind it. really dont know if there is anything more to the pig but i know i like him.  more »
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  • A cute pig laughing at us in front of the market, ready to get butchered. :(
  • The sculpture was created by Mati Karmin and unveiled in front of the Tartu Market on 17 January 2008. The steel barrel rests on a granite base and the numbers and letters cut into the base inform the viewer that the date when the sculpture was opened, 17 January, is St Anthony’s Day when old Estonians used to turn their attention to the pig
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