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 cincinnati.com.

       

        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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