Thursday, July 27, 2000
Pig Parade: Pork-opulence
Artist lets porker hog her bric-a-brac
By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer
This is 89th 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
Sarah Jane Bellamy's pig is a traffic stopper, and the people who stop spend a lot of time with the pig. It's covered with golden memories.
I want people to look at this pig and think "I can't stop looking at this. That object reminds me of the time when ... ' Ms. Bellamy says. The pig is covered with old gold jewelry, clocks, mirrors, name plates and bric-a-brac.
Sarah Bellamy of Liberty Hill is an artist who specializes in found-object jewelry. She's also an art teacher at Sherwood Elementary School.
Sponsor: Jim Allen for the Cincinnati Ballet.
This pig's pen: Second and Scott streets at River Center, Covington.
You were inspired by: The old folk art of making memory vessels.
Completing the project took: Two weeks.
What's the matter? Glue and lots of found objects.
Your high on the hog was: The kids at school brainstormed names for the pig. Some of them were: Goldie Hog, Guilt Trip, Pawn Piggy, Pork Knox, Boaried Treasure. It was very inspiring.
Pig peeve: Giving up every gold object in my studio and every gold object I own.
What do you call this pig: Goldie.
The materials cost: $400 for glue, $400 for gold objects at flea markets, priceless memories.
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