Thursday, August 10, 2000

Pig Parade: Austin Sowers

Myers inspires international ham of mystery

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        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

        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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