Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Pig Parade: CAM Ham

Porcine exhibit touts art museum

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 59th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Artists: Patrick Romelli Sr., Patrick Romelli Jr., Tom Romelli.

        Sponsor: Romelli Design for the Cincinnati Art Museum.

        This pig's pen: Cincinnati Art Museum.

        You were inspired by: The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of our clients, so when they asked us to do a pig, we decided to focus on the museum as one of the crown jewels of the city. We decoupaged images from the museum collection all over the pig. Around the bottom of the pig we did oil paintings of Cincinnati scenes such as the fountain and Mirror Lake in Eden Park.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: The Cincinnati Art Museum is a survey museum, covering 6,000 years of art history, so we wanted to call attention to that.

        Completing the project took: Three weeks.

        We covered our pig with: Decoupage and oil paint.

        Your high on the hog was: The three of us (Patrick, 60, Patrick Jr. 32, Tom, 22) getting to work together on one project.

        Best pig tale: One of the rules for doing the pigs was that you couldn't do decoupage, pasting images onto the pig, so obviously we had to do decoupage on our pig.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? When we started our marketing design studio, it was before the days of computers, so we did a lot of cutting and pasting in our work. We decided to put a part of our personal history into the pig by using techniques we all started with.

        What do you call this pig: It was always CAM Ham.

        The materials cost: The materials cost about $400, but if we were to bill this out to a client we would charge $15,000 to $20,000.


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