Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Pig Parade: Salvador Pigali

Maybe this piggie should have been Salvaboar Dali

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 123rd 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

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Here's one pig that's elevated to surreal heights, courtesy of the fantastic art of Salvador Dali.

        Artist: Tess Little, 49, Fairborn, Ohio, a sculptor and teacher of sculpture at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

        Sponsor: Hans French and Michelle Fries.

        This pig's pen: Fountain Square.

        You were inspired by: I started getting ideas for pigs by looking for funny titles, word plays about the names of artists, like Mopigliani, which would be a pig with a long neck. The one that was picked was inspired by Salvador Dali.

        What's the pig idea? Dali used the image of an elephant with the legs of a giraffe in a number of paintings and sculpture. On the saddle I painted the melting clocks from Dali's “Persistence of Memory” painting. I put a sunrise clock on one side and a sunset on the other.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: I think people can enjoy it as it is, even if they don't know anything about Surrealism and Dali. If they do know his art, you can enjoy it on another level.

        Completing the project took: A month.

        What's the matter? Gallons of fiberglass and Bondo and PVC pipe, which is used to support the long legs.

        Your high on the hog was: Hoisting him up to hang from our deck so we could attach the legs, and painting it. It took eight layers of paint in different translucent colors, gold and pink and green, to get the effect I wanted. The light dances around it and makes it glitter.

        Best pig tale: Since it was inspired by a Dali elephant, I built an elephant trunk to put on it, but I decided that it was best to stick to the design that the sponsor chose.

        My favorite pork dish: Bacon.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? It's just as artistic as a real Dali.


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