Thursday, October 19, 2000

Pig Parade: Blues Brother

Suited swine sings the blues

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 173rd 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

        Artist: Melissa Day, 21, of Goshen, a student at the Art Institute of Cincinnati.

        Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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        The pig will be auctioned on eBay, lot four, Nov. 4-11.

        This pig's pen: Covington Mainstrasse.

        You were inspired by: I had done a similar design, and the Blue Cross people saw it and asked me to do a Blues Brothers pig for them.

        What's the pig idea? A blue face, a black suit, hat and sun glasses. He had a tie but that got ripped off.

        Completing the project took: A month.

        What's the matter? Sign paint and fiberglass.

        Your high on the hog was: The Big Pig Gig has a list of the top pigs on their Web site, and mine is No. 13.

        Pig peeve: The smell of the fiberglass chemicals.

        Best pig tale: I was telling someone on the phone about painting a pig for the Big Pig Gig, and he thought I was going to paint a real live pig.

        My favorite pork dish: Pork rinds.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? The Blues Brothers movie, I guess, but actually I've never seen the movie.

        The materials cost: $300.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? It's art.



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