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

        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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