NEW 2012 Guinea Pig Olympics Games, London, Calendar
The original images were part of a series titled “The Guinea Pig Games” with artwork created by Maverick Arts Publishing. They were released as a calendar and greeting cards back in 2009. Steve at Maverick Arts tells Guinea Pig Today, “We had the pictures as a double page spread in the Daily Mail, they then published all round the world. We also had the pictures shown the night before the Olympic Games in China with Adrian Chiles hoping our sporting friends would help inspire the athletes!”
Cavy enthusiasts purchased a huge number of calendars and Maverick Arts won one of the prestigious Henries Awards, the ultimate honor in greeting card publishing in the UK.
The 2012 Olympic games in London brought new ideas to the original team and The Guinea Pig Games “Going for Gold” Calendar has just been released. Paul Cocken, an artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, brings the guinea pigs to life. The Maverick Shop explains, “Paul is probably the best retoucher and creator of these images working in the world! Our friendship is over many, many years and we all have a huge amount of fun creating the calendar range which has thousands of supporters around the world.”
Animal welfare advocates will be happy to hear the calendar models were inspired by real guinea pigs from a guinea pig rescue in the UK. Steve explains, “For the new calendar we have photographed six new guinea pigs from a guinea pig rescue centre in Crawley and the centre will be featured in the calendar.” With such lifelike models, it’s no wonder the athletes are rendered with such an edge of realism.
The games featured in the new calendar include rowing, hurdles, cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, track, sailing, basketball, synchronized diving, javelin, equestrian, and relay.
If you want to get your hands on this new Olympic calendar, you better hurry. If sales of the 2009 edition are any hint, this new series is sure to move quickly. The Guinea Pig Games “Going for Gold” Calendar is £9.99 and can be found on The Maverick Shop at themaverickshop.com. For more information on adopting guinea pigs from Palace Piggie Rescue located in Crawley, West Sussex, visit their website at palacepiggierescue.org
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