Thursday, August 31, 2000

Pig Parade: Pig in the Sky


Bookish swine has sky-high hopes

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 124th 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 cincinnati.com.

        Sharon Pennekamp doesn't know why she made a pig. “The school president asked me to do it. I don't know why. I only had one sculpture class. I guess my art teachers suggested me,” she says.

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        For Ms. Pennekamp, 22, of Delhi, the pig was her last school project at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Now she is a graphic designer at Sanger and Eby, a studio that has done three other pigs.

        Sponsor: College of Mount St. Joseph.

        This pig's pen: Vine Street entrance, Main Public Library.

        You were inspired by: They just wanted an educational pig. I thought of it as my hopes after graduation, my pie in the sky.

        What's the pig idea? A golden pig sits atop a stack of the five-volume Pork and Swines Encyclopigdia, with volumes ranging from Alfalfa to Grazing, Hog to Mud, New Hampshire to Regal, Sow to Vegetable and Wilbur to Zoo.

        Completing the project took: About 50 hours.

        What's the matter?: Plywood and house paint.

        Your high on the hog was: Working with my dad, Gerald Pennekamp. He built the books and did all the hard stuff.

        Best pig tale: The biggest problem was making the edges of the books look like real pages. My dad figured out how to do it with a power saw.

        My favorite pork dish: Hot dogs.

        The materials cost: $400.

       



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