Thursday, January 06, 2000

Folks having pun with pigs they buy

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Seems as if everybody's buying a pig. Corporex, Fidelity, Ashland and Toyota.

        A number of prominent individuals and families are pig purchasers, too. So are schools, colleges and arts organizations.

        A word to area artists: Keep thinking pig.

  Artists living within a 100-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati are eligible to submit a design. The swine will be supplied by Artworks.
  Artists selected to decorate a pig will receive an honorarium of $1,000, including cost of materials.
  Forms are available at the Contemporary Arts Center, downtown; the Carnegie, Covington; Enjoy the Arts-Start, Over-the-Rhine; Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Norwood; and other locations in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Indianapolis.
  Contact Artworks at 333-0388, e-mail for more information.
        “The initial deadline for the Porkfolio is this week,” says project co-chair Melody Sawyer Richardson, “but we're going to be selling pigs throughout the spring and summer and we are going to need a lot of designs.”

        So far, 190 pigs have been purchased, and there may be as many as 250 pigs in process by spring. Prices are $2,800, $5,000 and $10,000.

        All pigs will be decorated by artists, both regional and national. Purchasers can commission an artist they know or pick a design from the Porkfolio of designs artists have submitted.

        No advertising or commercial messages are allowed on pigs, but a nameplate on the platform will identify the purchaser and the artist.

        The $2,800 pig is “your basic boar,” Ms. Richardson says. For that you get to pick a theme, design and artist. You don't get to pick pig placement, although all pigs will be clustered in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport, within walking distance of each other.

        At $5,000 “you get your pig in front of your door in one of the three downtown areas,” Ms. Richardson says.

        The prime, $10,000 porker is for large corporations. It gives your pig prime placement, on Fountain Square, at the Aquarium in Newport or in another prime location throughout the summer. If $10,000 pig buyers want to put their pig at their offices away from downtown, they can, though it is not encouraged.

        There are also $1,800 pigs sold to schools to be decorated by students. “We plan to show the school pigs together. There will be a "porkway' of school pigs,” Ms. Richardson says.

        After the Flying Pig Marathon on May 14, pigs will go to their summer locations around the three downtown areas. In October, owners may take their pigs home or offer them for auction to raise money for Artworks and other charities.

        To sponsor a pig, contact ArtWorks at 333-0388, e-mail or Melody Richardson at


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