Sunday, June 11, 2000

Purloined porker found, a little worse for wear

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The missing pig has been found.

        About 10 days after it was ripped from its pedestal in Piatt Park, To-pig-ary Pig was discovered along Hillside Avenue in Delhi Township Saturday afternoon.

        At about 3:30 p.m., two friends, Ken Powell and Larry Vornberg Jr., were driving along the roadway when they noticed a new-looking tarp on the side of the road.

        “I thought I could use it, and we stopped,” said Mr. Powell. The painted pig was wrapped inside the tarp.

        “I didn't know what it was but Ken said right away that it was the pig that had been stolen from Cincinnati,” Mr. Vornberg said.

        The two men picked up their find, placed in the rear of their pick-up truck and headed to Mr. Vornberg's home where they called po lice.

        Leslie Shiels, the artist who created To-pig-ary for the Civic Garden Center, was delighted with the recovery. She went to Mr. Vornberg's Riverside home and retrieved her pig.

        “I'm delighted for Larry and Ken,” she said.

        The pig is damaged. Its wings were broken off and the internal structure exposed. One of its ears was split and it appeared to have been dragged.

        “I do think it can be fixed,” Ms. Shiels said. She has the pig at her Milford studio and will be consulting with other artists to help with its repair.

        She said she wants To-pig-ary to return to his Piatt Park perch at Garfield Place and Race Street as soon as possible.

        To-pig-ary Pig was one of about 70 pigs on the streets downtown so far for the summerlong Big Pig Gig, a public art project organized by ArtWorks.

        Cincinnati Police Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who stole it from Piatt Park sometime between May 31 and June 1. ArtWorks offered another $2,001 reward donated anonymously.

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