Saturday, July 08, 2000

Pig Parade: Pork Rules


The regal king of swines

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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(Luis Sanchez photo)
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        This is 70th 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 detaisl at www.Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Artist: Claudette Graumlich, 64, Terrace Park.

        Sponsor: John Morrell Co.

        This pig's pen: Fountain Square.

        You were inspired by: I always watch Emeril Lagasse, who has cooking shows on the Food Network. He's wonderful and he loves pork. He's always saying “pork rules,” so I used that as my theme.

        What's the pig idea? This is pig royalty with a purple robe trimmed in ermine.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: I love the way he's standing on Fountain Square looking at the Westin Hotel. It's as if he's greeting guests, saying “Hi!” to people walking out of the hotel.

        Completing the project took: Two weeks.

        What's the matter?: I used lots of old costume jewelry, and I made the crown out of a chimney ring.

        Your high on the hog was: I have a studio at the Pendleton Art Center, and I loved coming into the studio every day and seeing him standing there. I hated to see him go.

        Pig peeve: You have to do so much sanding and prep work before you get to the point of having fun.

        Best pig tale: These pigs take on a life of their own. Their personality emerges. You know every nook and cranny of them. I feel like we bonded.

        My favorite pork dish: I don't think there's a pork dish I don't like.

        The materials cost: I spent about $300.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? A little of both.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Sir Anthony Hopkins.

       



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