Friday, August 11, 2000

Pig Parade: Goetta Edubacon

Smart sow's name piggest pun of all

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 104th 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

        Where there's a pig, there's a pun. And on the lists of punning pig names in the Big Pig Gig, Goetta Edubacon may be the biggest groaner of all.

        Artists: St. Mary School, Hyde Park; sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Janet E. Gorman, teacher.

        Sponsor: St. Mary School and PTO.

        This pig's pen: Cincinnati City Hall.

        You were inspired by: One family in our school suggested “Edubacon” for the name. A teacher added “Goetta.”

        What's the pig idea? This little piggy went to school. Goetta is a proud, standing pig sporting a gold backpack, mortar board hat and rolled up diploma. The body is painted white and covered with multicolored images representing subjects studied in school.

        Completing the project took: Five weeks.

        What's the matter?: There's a real backpack and a real mortar board covered with fiberglass cloth.

        Pig peeve: Working with fiberglass cloth and resins. The kids couldn't do the sculpting because of the toxicity.

        Best pig tale: Goetta joined us for lunch on the last day of school for a pignic.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Graphic design, with a college theme.

        The materials cost: $250.


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