Saturday, August 05, 2000

Pig Parade: Uperse Igpe, the Pig Latin Pig

It's no bird or plane, but it's super

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 98th 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

        Faster than a speeding bullet, and that's fast for a pig. The students at Dixie Heights High put a mild-mannered pig into a phone booth and out came Uperse Igpe.

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        Artists: Freshman and senior art students, Dixie Heights High School. Terri Schatzman, teacher.

        Sponsor: Dixie Heights High School. Students raised money by taking around a piggy bank at lunch and asking for spare change. We did candy sales and got business donations.

        This pig's pen: Riverside Drive at George Rogers Clark Park, Covington.

        You were inspired by: It's Superman, but with a “U” on his chest.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: What a super pig!

        Completing the project took: Three months.

        What's the matter?: fiberglass and Porter paint.

        Your high on the hog was: Working out a way to form and attach the cape. When that was done, we felt we were making progress.

        Pig peeve: The whole school knew when we were working on the pig because the smell of fiberglass and resin went through the ventilation system.

        Best pig tale: The pig was originally placed at Scott and Robbins in Covington, but we're glad it was moved to the riverfront, because more people will see it. Besides, the art students go there on field trips every year to paint the views and the river boats.

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

        What do you call this pig: The professor.

        The materials cost: $200 for fiberglass supplies. The paint was donated.


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