Saturday, September 09, 2000

Pig Parade: Duke of Porkopolis

Royal pig is really down to earth

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 133rd 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


        He's regal but he's not stuffy. “He's a wise old duke,” says artist Kimberly Hanrahan, “but he knows how to have a good time.” Ms. Hanrahan, 34, works out of her New Richmond home as art director for Miles Media Group, Sarasota, Fla.

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        Sponsor: Duke Weeks Realty Co.

        This pig's pen: Skywalk, 525 Vine St., downtown.

        You were inspired by: I submitted a design for an Irish pig, and the sponsor liked it, but wanted to change it to fit the name Duke of Porkopolis, for their company.

        What's the pig idea? I looked at a lot of medieval and renaissance art to pick a costume. He's wearing a triangular velvet cap, a big, flamboyant cape with tassels on it, a purple sash with his name, a white ruffled shirt, striped hose and slippers. He has a moustache, goatee and a monocle in his eye.

        I couldn't find any buttons that looked right, until I called my mother. She found just the right buttons in my grandmother's button box.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: He's got a sort of wicked smile. I think he has a great personality.

        Completing the project took: About 80 hours plus help from others.

        What's the matter?: Wire screening, fiberglass, Bondo. For the goatee I used Magic Sculpt, which is something I found in a taxidermy catalog.

        Your high on the hog was: Learning how to work with all these new materials.

        Pig peeve: The stench of the chemicals. It took days to air out the house.

        Best pig tale: The cape almost killed me. It weighs more than the pig, and when it was on the pig, the pig was almost too big to get out of my basement. I had a friend crawl inside the pig to help me bolt on the cape. For a few moments, I was afraid I couldn't get my friend out of the pig.

        My favorite pork dish: My friend Pete's jerk pork.

        What do you call this pig: I called him the Duke.

        The materials cost: $600.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? I have an uncle in seminary whose nickname is Big Belly Pork Chop. He'd be perfect for the part.


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