Sunday, January 16, 2000

Leading the pig parade


Here's a peek at some designs Big Pig Gig buyers will peruse for their porkers

BY OWEN FINDSEN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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"Road Hog"

        Once upon a time there were three little pigs . . . Soon there'll be hundreds of them, all dressed, decorated and designed by Greater Cincinnati artists who have heeded the call of the Big Pig Gig.

        Here is our first look at the artists' ideas.

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"Jiggy Piggy"

        The pigs shown here were selected from more than 840 designs proposed by artists for the Pig Gig, an outdoor art project that aims to fill the downtowns of Cincinnati, Newport and Covington with hundreds of full-scale fiberglass porkers, painted and otherwise enhanced by artists.

        The project will benefit Artworks, a local employment and training program for teens, and other arts groups.

        Artists are submitting their designs to the ArtWorks office in the Pendleton Art Center hoping to attract the attention of one of the more than 200 pig sponsors who are paying between $2,800 to $10,000 for their pig of choice (there are three shapes).

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"Pig Dreams I"

        The proposed pigs will be perused by purchasers on Feb. 2 at the Pendleton Center. Artists whose designs are picked will be given their own pig, to be dressed up in time for unveiling at the Flying Pig Mini-Marathon, May 14.

        Pig designs are still being accepted, and pigs are still being sold. For information, contact Artworks, 1310 Pendleton St., Mail Box No. 14, Cincinnati 45210. Phone 333-0388 or e-mail artworks@fuse.net.

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