Saturday, July 15, 2000

Pig Parade: Alan GreenSpam

This little piggy went to the market economy

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 76th 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

        Artists: Donna Luggen; students Mare and Tess Warner, Crissa Hamman, Julia Gardiner and Molly Swaidan; art teacher Mary Glenn-Auer at Clark Montessori, Hyde Park.

        Sponsor: A.G. Edwards.

        You were inspired by: Alan Greenspan's omnipotence. It was a cooperative effort. Students submitted different designs and the client picked parts of each.

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        What's the pig idea? He's green. He's wearing a pin striped suit, glasses, tasseled loafers and a brief case hanging from his mouth. He has thin hair and he has M&Ms in his pocket.

        We found Alan Greenspan's Web site. He's got 15 pages of information about himself. There is even a picture of his briefcase, and that's where we found out that he loves M&Ms.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: The kids really did their homework on this pig.

        Completing the project took: A month of six-hour days.

        What's the matter? Acrylic, Bondo.

        Your high on the hog was: Taking after-work “field trips” to see finished pigs. The day the pig was installed we painted the concrete base to look like gold bullion. There was a Reds game and we had many people stopping by to comment, compliment and ask questions like “Just what is the deal with the pigs?” We did a lot of public education about Porkopolis and ArtWorks.

        Pig peeve: Bondo! Not only does it smell really bad, but it is difficult for novice fiberglass sculptors to work with. A drop too much hardener, and it becomes a solid mass while you're mixing it. Our briefcase is made of Bondo.

        Best pig tale: We wanted to give him Spam cuff links so we faxed Hormel and asked permission to use the Spam label. They faxed back a permission form and asked us to send them pictures of the pig. Then we called Cliff York from York Optical and the next thing we knew he was at the school measuring the pig for glasses.

        My favorite pork dish: GreenSpam and eggs a la Seuss.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Investualism.

        The materials cost: $300.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Woody Allen. A little green make-up and he's a dead ringer.


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