Sunday, August 06, 2000

Pig Parade / Swinescraper

City's architecture inspires swine

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 99th 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

        It started as a “contest of bad puns,” said Steven Kenat, including “Pork Washington Way” and “Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Air Pork.” These were among the 35 concept models that led to the selection of “Swinescraper.”

        Artists: GBBN architects Steven Kenat, Ray Mack, Tony Yunker, Joe Toman, Ty Provosty, Robert Collins and Jamie Hagadorn, all of whom contributed to this story.

        Sponsor: GBBN (Gartner, Burdick, Bauer-Nilsen Inc.)

        This pig's pen: Central Parkway and Walnut Street.

        You were inspired by: There were a lot of connections to architecture in the “Swinescraper” concept. The other design schemes suggested are displayed in the PENthouse on the top floor of the pig.

        What's the pig idea? Design, detailing and construction was similar to the way we would approach the design of a building; maintaining the integrity of the design; making something exciting to look at ... especially at different scales and speeds, given its location.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: It can be appreciated in one way when you're driving down Central Parkway at 30 mph but at a completely different level when you look at it up close because of the decoration within the seven floors of the building.

        Completing the project took: Seven of us spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 hours working on weekends.

        Your high on the hog was: As we were setting it up in the median on Central Parkway, we could hear tires screeching as it grabbed the attention of people driving by.

        Pig peeve: We were worried about how it would hold up to any vandalism, but it seemed to be a waste to go to all that trouble and hide it somewhere.

        Best pig tale: Everyone in the office contributed objects to fill the interior floors. There are all kinds of miniature scenes. Our co-ops blew everyone away with their “Flying People Marathon” contribution.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? This would be part of the Pork-Modernism movement in the Swine-Arts.


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