Monday, May 15, 2000

Pig Parade: Hammin' on Main


Music-minded porker has sax appeal

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Barbara Ahlbrand's "jazz-playing pig" holds a real saxophone.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        Every day through Oct. 31, The Enquirer spotlights a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project, which is on display in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

        Artist: Barbara Ahlbrand, 59, Highland Heights.

        Sponsor: Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.

        This pig's pen: TBA.

        You were inspired by: The theme. It's a jazz playing pig.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: About the music scene in Cincinnati.

        Completing the project took: Three weeks.

        Swine over matter: Acrylic.

        Your high on the hog was: Getting people excited about the project so they would help. My neighbor, Bud Waymeyer, is a retired welder, and he volunteered to do the welding for me. And the people at Wert Music in Erlanger tracked down the used saxophone that the pig is holding.

        Pig peeve: I wish Cincinnati organizations would pay more attention to the working artists in the community year-round and not just when they need them for a project like this.

        Best pig tale: When my golden retriever came into the room and saw the pig, the hair stood up on his back. He never came in the room again.

        My favorite pork dish: Stuffed pork chops.

        What do you call this pig: “Ham.”

        The materials cost: About $400.

        Do you have a specific art style in mind? Theater set design. It's designed to be high impact. Not subtle.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Some of the pigs may be art. Most are not. Mine is advertising.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? Charlie Parker.

Complete details on the Big Pig Gig at bigpiggig.com



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