Rachel the Piggy Bank
Pike St, Seattle, Washington, USA
Rachel is a brassy bit of bacon. She’s stood on the corner of Pike Place, underneath the Public Market sign since 1986. But she’s done more than stand and hog the pavement. She’s collected. Rachel is a piggy bank. You rub her snout for good luck, and you drop your loose change through the slot in her back. People have been saving their bits of loose change for centuries. For hundreds of years worth of rainy days. Back in the Middle Ages, money was often stored in a clay pot called a pygg. Over the years, these jars and pots gradually took the shape of their namesake, the pig. And hence, the Piggy Bank. But the money put inside Rachel isn’t for a rainy day. It’s for charity. The Pike Place Market Foundation. Rachel was created by Washington artist Georgia Gerber and was named after a pig that had won a local fair the year before. And in the time she’s been there, it’s estimated Rachel has collected over $200,000 for the Foundation. The Foundation works to support people in the area on low incomes. It runs a pre-school, a clinic, a food bank, and a centre for senior citizens. Which makes Rachel a pretty important part of the community. A community that not too long ago was joined by another statuesque swine in the shape of Rachel’s cousin, Billie the Pig. Billie was also created by Georgia Gerber, and sits on Western Avenue, at the foot of the Hillclimb.
Billie the Pig