Wednesday, June 28, 2000

BIG PIG GIG: Chop 'Til You Drop


Its designers bagged this sow

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 60th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at cincinnati.com.

        Artist: Lisa Sanger and the designers at Sanger & Eby Design. It is one of three pigs being done by the firm.

[photo] | ZOOM |
        Sponsor: Federated Department Stores Inc.

        This pig's pen: 7 W. Seventh St., in front of the Federated Building.

        What's the pig idea? It's inspired by the Big Brown Bag, which is Bloomingdale's shopping bag. We covered it with brown bags and added all kinds of shopping packages to make a Pig Brown Bag.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: That the pig spent the day shopping at Lazarus until she collapsed.

        Completing the project took: We had to do this fast, because Federated wanted the pig done for their Fine Arts Fund drive in February. This was the first pig to be finished.

        We covered our pig with: Brown paper, spar varnish and Sintra, which is a plastic material we used to make the packages.

        Your high on the hog was: The pig is wearing walking shoes we bought for about $10. At the unveiling, somebody offered us $100 for them.

        Pig peeve: Since we were the first pig, we had a big learning curve. We tried a lot of techniques and made a lot of things that didn't get used. We have a lot of shopping bags that we didn't put on because we thought somebody might take them. We might just put them on anyway.

        Best pig tale: People keep trying to take the shoes, but they're glued and bolted on.

        My favorite pork dish: Chops.

        What do you call this pig: Chops.

        The materials cost: $1,200.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? It's more craft with a lot of mechanical engineering.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Eva Gabor.

       



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