Thursday, August 10, 2000
Pig Parade: Austin Sowers
Myers inspires international ham of mystery
By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer
This is 103rd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig
Brian Paden isn't a particular fan of Austin Powers, but when his pig was installed, he couldn't resist renting an Austin Powers costume It was the last one they had and talking a group of female friends into dressing in mod garb and posing with the pig. With horn-rimmed glasses, fake buck teeth and a lace cravat, he was surprised to discover that he looks a bit like Austin Powers.
Mr. Paden, 31, of Walnut Hills, is an art student at the Art Institute of Cincinnati, and a bartender at Zip's Cafe in Mount Lookout.
Sponsor: Zaring Family Foundation.
This pig's pen: Sixth and Main streets, Covington.
You were inspired by: The Big Pig Gig was such a fun project I wanted to do something fun with this. I submitted seven of the best ideas I could think of. I'm glad one of them was picked.
What's the pig idea? When I was thinking of cool pig names, Austin Sowers kind of spewed out. I also had Jurassic Pork, Ned Beatty and a few others, but I'm glad I got to make Austin.
You want people to look at this pig and think: I think the best thing you can do in life is to make people laugh. I hope it reminds them to lighten up.
Completing the project took: Between school and work, about a month.
Your high on the hog was: When my girlfriend and I dropped it off when it was done. I'm kidding. I don't have a girlfriend.
Pig peeve: The mess I made in my apartment.
Best pig tale: During a storm, a tree fell on the roof of the apartment building. Plaster fell from the ceiling and a big chunk of it dropped on the pig's head, right through the hair I had just sculpted.
My favorite pork dish: Goetta.
What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? The movies.
The materials cost: $500.
Do you consider this art or porkography? How about porkographart?
If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Austin Powers (Mike Myers), of course.
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