Thursday, June 15, 2000

Pig Parade: Pig Irons

Dressed to the nines - or eighteens

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pig Irons was dressed like Payne Stewart complete with golf bag.
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        This is the 47th 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: Michael Keyes, 38, Symmes Township. The artist also painted the butterfly mural at Krohn Conservatory, and he does the annual Holiday Train Display in the Cinergy lobby.

        Sponsor: Bonnie and Charlie Moore.

        This pig's pen: RiverCenter, Second Street, Covington.

        You were inspired by: Golf champ Payne Stewart. The golfing attire was inspired by an outfit the late Payne Stewart wore in a golf tournament.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: The worst day on a golf course is better than the best day at the office.

        Completing the project took: Three weeks.

        Swine over matter: Acrylic latex.

        Your high on the hog was: The look on my sponsors' faces when they first saw the pig.

        Pig peeve: Sanding and dusting.

        Best pig tale: When we had a few rainy days I took it inside to sand. I didn't realize how much dust I had created until my wife turned on the air conditioning and stirred up the dust.

        My favorite pork dish: Breaded pork chops and a Heineken.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Just a blend of golf and art.

        The materials cost: $325.


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