Thursday, July 20, 2000

Pig Parade: TutankHAMun

Gilded ham walks like an Egyptian

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

(Mike Simons photo)
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        This is 82nd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at at

        Artist: Halena Cline, 51, Alexandria.

        Sponsor: Schiff, Kreidler-Shell Inc.

        This pig's pen: 4 W. Fourth St.

        You were inspired by: The sponsor is an insurance company and wanted something related to the insurance business. I thought that something from a beautiful Egyptian tomb would suggest planning for the future.

        What's the pig idea? This is the golden sarcophagus of the Pharoah Tutankhamun, one of the most beautiful objects in history.

        Completing the project took: 61 hours.

        What's the matter?: It's acrylic, with gold paint pencils.

        Your high on the hog was: The whole Big Pig Gig. I think Cincinnati has been blessed with this project. The pigs are going to be missed when they're gone.

        Pig peeve: My peeve is the vandalism that's happening to the pigs. Mine has a golden snake on the crown and somebody broke it off.

        Best pig tale: When the snake was broken off the pig, I got a terrible case of shingles on my forehead, the same place that the snake is on Tut's head. I went down to Fourth Street to make a new snake with all these people watching and asking questions about the pigs and while the glue was drying a 5-year-old boy grabbed the snake. Then, before I was finished, tornado warnings went off and there was this terrible storm. I'm beginning to think I'm under the curse of King Tut.

        My favorite pork dish: Pot stickers.

        What do you call this pig: The King.

        The materials cost: $525.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? It's porkography.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? My friend Joe Ahlbrand, because he looks like Yul Brynner.


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