My neighbours may think I should be concerned about meeting wild boar(s) in the vecinity, but not all such meetings are to be feared.
The picture is a close up (full image below) of one such beast that I came across at the Feria de Arte in Arenas de San Pedro a couple of weeks ago and that I really wish I could have taken home with me.
It’s a life-size sculpture by local artist Fernando Sánchez Blanco, and weighs in at around 400 kilos.
The realistic bristles are made of wires of different length and gauge, and the mouth – which is made up of forty different pieces – is basically a dental prosthesis in iron.
The whole thing took five months to complete and is absolutely magnificent – un monstruo tierno as Fernando describes him.
As for the post title, I’ve used all the puns and quotations that I could think of about pigs and swine, so was looking for something about hunting and found this by Sam Walter Foss:
The woods were made for the hunter of dreams, the brooks for the fishers of song.
As a writer writing about boar in the pine woods and, specifically, about a piece of art that seems a clear homage to the local wildlife, it seemed very apt.