Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Pig Parade: Piggy Max


Painter takes hog art to the max

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        This is the 37th in the series spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Past pig profiles and event details can be found at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Artist: Dierdre Mahne, 44, Milford.

        Sponsor: Bristol-Meyers, Squibb Oncology, SmithKline and Beecham Oncology for the Barrett Center for Cancer Prevention, University of Cincinnati.

        This pig's pen: Third and Greeenup streets, Covington.

        You were inspired by: The artist Peter Max. I've loved his work since I was a teen-ager.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Think of the fun we had in the '60s and '70s.

        Completing the project took: 65 hours.

        Swine over matter: Sign painter's enamel.

        Your high on the hog was: I put it up in my yard and it was fun watching the reactions of people who walked by.

        Pig peeve: The dust from sanding, and seeing him go. We've grown attached.

        Best pig tale: One woman stopped and asked me if it was a real pig in a blanket.

        My favorite pork dish: Ribs.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Peter Max.

        What do you call this pig: Max.

        The materials cost: $382.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Definitely art.

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