Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Pig Parade: Amelia Pigart


Students, donors made Amelia project fly

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 94th 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 www.cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

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(Mike Simons photo)
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        It's a pig. It's a plane, it's Amelia Earhart. It's a glass pig, made of fiberglass, and it's covered with stained glass. “We kicked around a lot of ideas, said Amelia High art teacher Jennifer Drydyk, “and it seemed to be a good idea to do something that used the name of the school.”

        Artist: Students at Amelia High School, Jennifer Drydyk.

        Sponsor: Amelia High School.

        This pig's pen: Lytle Park.

        You were inspired by: “We had just completed a six-panel stained-glass window for the school's performing arts center, and we had a lot of glass left over,” Ms. Drydyk said. “The kids loved working with it, so we wanted to use the glass to make a mosaic pig. Beth Kroner, a student, came up with the idea of having the pig flying in Van Gogh's “Starry Night.”

        What's the pig idea? The pig has four wheels, biplane wings and a propeller that turns. It wears an old-style pilot's helmet and goggles. The body is covered with the swirling star patterns from Van Gogh's famous painting.

        What's the matter? Colored glass, grout, glue. Cathy and Tom Parkinson, who is a pilot, built the wings and propeller.

        Your high on the hog was: “We had 40 to 50 kids working on it in study halls and after school, sorting, cutting, gluing and grouting. Girls like to glue and boys liked to cut the pieces,” Ms. Drydyk said.

        Pig peeve: “Water damage. We had to take the pig to the pig hospital because large chunks of glass were coming off. This time we've used a different adhesive.”

        Best pig tale: “We didn't have a sponsor so we raised all the money ourself. Cathy Parkinson, a parent, is a ceramic artist and volunteered to make little ceramic piggy banks for everybody who gave $25 or more. Everybody wanted to donate, student groups, faculty, the PTA. I don't think she realized how many piggy banks she would have to make.”

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Van Gogh's Post Impressionism.

        The materials cost: $250 for glue and cutting tools.

       



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