Monday, September 18, 2000

Pig Parade: Porkala Piglee, Star of Hogwatch


She wears an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie...

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 142nd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        There is only one lifeguard on duty on the Ohio River, but she's a star. In fact she went to a beauty spa last week, the Pig Spa, to touch up some scrapes and scratches she's gotten in her adventures.

        Artist: Kathy Sabato, Miami Township. Ms. Sabato is the creator of two other pigs: Sow Spring, at Sawyer Point; Sow von Carpenter, on Fountain Square. Deb Thompson assisted on Porkala Piglee.

        Sponsor: Joanie and Lou Lauch for Kentucky Building Maintenance Inc.

        This pig's pen: Riverboat Row, Newport.

        You were inspired by: My design was a pig in a yellow polka dot bikini. My sponsor got the idea for the Baywatch pig. I thought it was a great idea.

        What's the pig idea? It's Pamela Anderson Lee. All you see when you look at her face is thick eye makeup and big nostrils. I know Pamela Lee has a tattoo, but I don't know what it looks like, so I just put a rose tattoo on her arm.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: A lot of people hear the name of my pig and love it, but a lot of people who live on the north side of the river don't know about all the pigs in Kentucky.

        Completing the project took: About 15 days. This was my third pigand it took the fewest modifications, just enough to give her the right physique.

        What's the matter?: The usual sign painter's enamel, fiberglass, foam and Bondo.

        Your high on the hog was: Getting the third pig done.

        Pig peeve: Sanding the modifications.

        Best pig tale: The sponsors are big UC fans and they wanted a UC symbol on the bathing suit. Trade marks aren't allowed so I couldn't do it, but if they decide to keep the pig after the Big Pig Gig is over, I'll probably have to paint one on.

        My favorite pork dish: Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Who else?

       



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