Saturday, September 16, 2000

Pig Parade: Hogtoberfest


Party pig is ready to wallow and swallow

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 140th 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 the German equivalent of a “good old boy,” and he's going to Oktoberfest. The students at Nagel Middle School in the Forest Hills School District insisted on doing the pig on their own. No teachers touched it.

[photo] | ZOOM |
        Artists: Team 8-5 1999-2000, the eighth-grade class. Teacher Marta Lake-Fales is spokesperson.

        Sponsor: Anonymous.

        This pig's pen: Main plaza, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

        You were inspired by: The students brainstormed and came up with a lot of ideas. They thought of Swine Lake, but it was already taken. So was Pokemon. One idea was Squeally Doing Wheelies, but we were a little worried about getting a skateboard under the pig.

        What's the pig idea? It is a seated pig wearing green pants like lederhosen. He's got patches on his pants that are German flags. He's wearing a hard hat with two beverage cans attached and tubes leading from the cans to his mouth.

        “I had pneumonia last spring,” Ms. Lake-Fales says. “So I was home sick most of the time while the pig was being made. I had to communicate with the students by e-mail. The students wanted to have complete control of the pig. ... Some of them were very difficult art directors.”

        Your high on the hog was: ArtWorks has offered to give the school some little pigs to decorate, so now we're doing piglets. At Nagel, we are the pig team.

        Pig peeve: Somebody crushed the cans in the hat, so we filled them with plaster. Then somebody stole them.

        Best pig tale: We didn't have a sponsor to buy the pig for us, but someone volunteered to pay for it anonymously. We had a party for them and the students made them hand-made gifts.

        The materials cost: $200.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? John Goodman.

       



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