Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Pig Parade: Yellow Submarine

This little piggy lives a life of ease

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 115th 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 www.cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        This pig lives in a Yellow Submarine, Yellow Submarine, Yellow Submarine.

        The Beatles movie was made five years before artist Jennifer Blazer was born, but she's a Beatles fanatic and wild about the animated movie from the psychedelic era.

        “The sound track was the first CD I ever owned,” she says. “I collect the figurines and all the other stuff.” The 27-year-old artist lives in Hyde Park and is a graphic designer at Strategic Communications.

        Sponsor: Novartis Oncology for the Barrett Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati.

        This pig's pen: Lytle Park.

        You were inspired by: I submitted three designs; one of a Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham idea, one of an abstract Pop Art theme, and this one. I was thrilled that they picked the coolest one. I was afraid the sponsor would want me to change it all around the way so many other sponsors have, but they loved it just the way it was.

        What's the pig idea? It's covered with images from the movie, the Blue Meanies on one side, the Beatles on the other.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: I hope they look at both sides. The side with the Beatles on it is the side I had to get done in a hurry. I like the other side, with the Yellow Submarine on it, much better.

        Completing the project took: 175 hours.

        What's the matter?: Sign painters' enamel.

        My favorite pork dish: Bacon.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? I really like that whole Pop Art animation style.

        The materials cost: $500.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? It is a movie.


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