Thursday, June 08, 2000

Pig Parade: Taking Flight on the Silver Knight

Students' pig fancies take off

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer


(Tony Jones photo)
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        This is the 40th 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

        Artist: Students at Summit Country Day School, Mark Weisner, art teacher.

        Sponsor: The Summit Country Day School.

        Lytle Park.

        You were inspired by: A host of winning ideas that were submitted in a school-wide contest to name the pig, by Chaz Hahn, Patrick Smith, Kristen Grubbs, Shirley Nunlist, the Buse family, Kaitlin McMurray, Catherine and John Schuler.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: “Part of our school's mission is to open the world for our students to learning. Our pig represents the power of a child's imagination taking flight,” Mr. Weisner said.

        Completing the project took: Three months.

        Swine over matter: Winterstone sculpting medium and acrylic paint.

        Your high on the hog was: Our pig was constructed and painted in our school cafeteria. Our high on the hog was the many comments from faculty and students that came by daily.”

        Pig peeve: Attaching the wings.

        Best pig tale: “Being offered a 10 spot for the pig by a gentleman outside the Justice Center right after we picked up the pig in our truck.”

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? “Photo-realism. We're sure pigs fly.”

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Yes.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? Oscar Meyer.


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