Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Pig Parade: Typigraphic

Broken, but unbowed, hog reverts to type

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 137th 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 Back! Typigraphic, the pig that was battered and bashed on Fourth Street, has had his powers restored, proving that super heroes may not be invincible, but they're resilent.

        Artist: The staff at Sanger & Eby Design, Lisa Sanger and Nancy Hopkins, chief designers.

        Sponsor: Sanger & Eby Design.

[photo] | ZOOM |
        This pig's pen: Fourth Street near Vine.

        You were inspired by: He's not an X-Man. He's an A to Z Man. “We're graphic designers, and we work with words,” says Donna Eby. “So we wanted to do a pig that reflected what we do, and what we do has a lot to do with typography.”

        What's the pig idea? “He's a super hero, the hero of type, with a mask and cape, and he's holding type in his hands. He has a pompadour and a chain around his neck. For his cape, everybody in the office — artists, programmers, office staff — everybody here did a clay tile, whatever they wanted it to be. Some are pig puns on the names of type faces, some are other funny ideas. The tiles were fired in a kiln in Nancy Hopkins' basement and adhered to the pig.”

        Completing the project took: “400 hours, including the time it took to repair the pig after it was damaged.”

        What's the matter?: “He's covered with the ceramic tiles everybody made, just like tiling your kitchen floor.”

        Your high on the hog was: “Letting everybody in the office be creative, not just the designers.”

        Pig peeve: “The way the pig was damaged. Our office is right across the street, and we can see the pig, so we put police tape around the "swine scene' and marked the outline of the pig with white tape.”

        Best pig tale: “Everybody was so sympathetic. They brought flowers to the site and sent us e-mail "goetta well' messages. Some people thought that we were putting flowers there, but it was something that people just did. We have tucked some of the flowers in the tail of the pig now that he's back in place.”

        The materials cost: $1,000.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? “It's art. Even the whole story of the damaging and repair of the pig is sort of performance art.”

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? “George Reeves, the original Superman.”


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