Pink Floyd “Animals” Album Cover Location – Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, site of the Pink Floyd album cover for "Animals."  (photo by Alberto Pascua)l

Battersea Power Station, site of the Pink Floyd album cover for “Animals.” (photo by Alberto Pascua)

188 Kirtling St., London, England.

The Battersea Power Station in South West London is a former coal-powered plant built in the 1930’s.   The building was immortalized forever for the album cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 concept album Animals. The photo, conceived by Floyd bassist Roger Waters, featured a giant inflatable pig floating above the plant tethered to one of the power station’s southern chimneys. Incidentally, the pig broke loose and rose into the flight path of Heathrow Airport until eventually landing in Kent. Animals was released on January 23, 1977 and has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

Besides Animals, the power station has been seen in many films such as the Beatles’ Help! and most recently The Dark Knight.

The station ceased generating electricity in 1983. Currently there are plans to redevelop the site into residential apartments, shops, cafes and restaurants, with Phase 1 due to completion in 2016/17. The plans call for restoration of the art deco structure internally and externally including reconstruction of the chimneys.


The album cover for Pink Floyd's "Animals" showing the Battersea Power Station.

The album cover for Pink Floyd’s “Animals” showing the Battersea Power Station.

 

Battersea Power Station in London, England.  (photo by Gaetan Lee)

Battersea Power Station in London, England. (photo by Gaetan Lee)

 

Renovations starting on the Battersea Power Station.

Renovations starting on the Battersea Power Station.

 

Map of Battersea Power Station

Map of Battersea Power Station.