24 February 2017

With excellent conformation and a strong robust frame the latest addition to Rattlerow’s nucleus stands out from the herd.



Hamlet, aka Gertrude, hogs the limelight with Robin (l) and Robert Lawson at Rattlerow HQ

Meet Hamlet, aka Gertrude, an exquisite one-off sculpture that has helped raise more than £200,000 for charity and is now the centre piece of HQ’s new conference and visitors reception. The life-sized art form was part of ‘Pigs Gone Wild’, an interactive, outdoor, fund-raising exhibition that ran throughout Ipswich during Summer 2016.

The porcine trail, inspired by St Elizabeth Hospice, featured 70 individually designed pigs, 40 sows, 30 porkers, located across Suffolk’s county town for visitors to find and admire. The sow-size sculptures were then sold off at a glittering charity auction in September which raised £154,050. Distinguished designs included ‘Ed SheerHam’, ‘Sir Bradley Piggins’ and ‘Piggy Stardust‘.

Robert Lawson, joint MD of Rattlerow Farms, and Robin Lawson, general manager, went to the sale and secured the winning bid for Hamlet.

“Although we didn’t specifically earmark a particular pig to buy, Hamlet’s actually proved to be a perfect choice as she depicts many aspects of our diverse farming business,” said Robert.

“… Hamlet’s perfect and depicts many aspects of our diverse farming business.”

Designed by Suffolk fine artist Cyndi Speer, ‘Hamlet’ is the product of her own fascination with the pigs living in our countryside in their own small communities, or ‘hamlets’. Her design features, farm land with outdoor pigs, woodland and acres of big blue skies – a typical Suffolk scene.

Robin says it’s fantastic for Rattlerow to have such a wonderful piece of memorabilia from Pigs Gone Wild.

“It was an amazing project and all of the artwork was stunning. Gertrude, as we’ve affectionately named her, is an eye-catching addition to our pyramid,” he said.

The sculpture was commissioned and sponsored by the Abellio rail company and stood outside Ipswich railway station throughout last summer.  And, apart from playing a key role in St Elizabeth’s fundraising activities, Gertrude has also lifted Rattlerow’s 2016 charity fundraising efforts to £10,000.


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