Sunday, June 11, 2000

Pig Parade: A Pig for All Seasons - Spring


Put a pig in a gilded cage? Why not?

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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(Luis Sanchez photo)
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        This is the 43rd in a 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 www.cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Artist: Michael Scott, 47, New Richmond.

        Sponsor: Darlene and Jeff Anderson, Melody Sawyer Richardson and the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation for Cincinnati Ballet.

        You were inspired by: There are four pigs, each in a gilded cage, representing the four seasons. Spring and Fall are on Fountain Square. Summer will be in Covington, Second Street at the Suspension Bridge. Winter will stand at the Newport Aquarium.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: About celebration and celebrating the seasons.

        Completing the project took: Two are still in the works. It will probably take six months before it's done.

        Swine over matter: Steel, iron and Imron paints.

        Your high on the hog was: Working with the artisans at Stewart Iron Works in Covington.

        Pig peeve: That there isn't more public sculpture in Cincinnati. Maybe the Big Pig Gig will help change that.

        My favorite pork dish: Kansas City barbecue.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? I was inspired by the 19th-century French artists called the Orientalists, such as Gerome and Delacroix. They painted exotic harem scenes in places like Cairo and Morrocco.

        The materials cost: Probably worth their weight in gold.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? High hog art.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.

Pigs on parade at Fountain Square 'PigNic'
Purloined porker found, a little worse for wear
        Past pig profiles and complete event details



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