Thursday, July 13, 2000

Pig Parade: Juicy Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds


Dolled-up porker dressed like diva

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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(Mike Simons photo)
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        This is 75th 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.

        Artist: Dodie Lowe, 58, Anderson Township.

        Sponsor: Richter & Phillips Jewelers.

        This pig's pen: Sixth and Main streets, downtown.

        You were inspired by: I missed the deadline to submit designs for the Big Pig Gig by two days, but then Richter & Philips decided to do a pig and asked me to do it. I wish we had named it Juicy Lucy in the Sty with Diamonds, but by the time I thought of that, it was too late to change it.

        What's the pig idea? She's wearing a black leotard and a massive diamond necklace. She has blue eyes and big red lips. Her wings are covered with pearls. She has fake gems and real watches on her wrists. They're old watches that don't work. She's wearing a bracelet of alphabet beads with the names of Fred Fehr's children and grandchildren. He's the owner of Richter & Phillips, and it was a subtle way of personalizing the pig.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Women love jewelry and diamonds, and the sponsor is a jeweler.

        Completing the project took: Four weeks.

        Your high on the hog was: Taking the pig downtown in Fred Fehr's convertible. The pig was in the back seat, facing back, and I was driving behind, looking at those big red lips. It kept starting to rain and a couple of times we had to pull into a filling station, park under the roof and wait for the rain to stop.

        Pig peeve: People keep taking the watches, even though they're glued down. They pull off the faces and leave the works and backs. They took a gem off the tail. There are scratches on the back where somebody climbed on it. I keep going down and repairing it.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? My own art. I do portraits. I make porcelain dolls. I do ceramics, and I like fashion. It was like dressing a diva.

        What do you call this pig: Lucy.

        The materials cost: $450.

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

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

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