Wednesday, May 24, 2000

This pig is worth millions




By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is the 25th in the series spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in downtown Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Past pig profiles can be found at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig.

        Artist: Barbara Trauth, Hyde Park.

        Sponsor: Keating-Laine-Roe.

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        This pig's pen: 406 Walnut St.

        You were inspired by: I guess it was the challenge of changing a big boar into a fine gentleman. He's pink. He's got a tux and a top hat and lots of diamonds.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: That diamonds are a boar's best friend.

        Completing the project took: About four weeks.

        Swine over matter: Acrylic paint, fiberglass and polyester resin.

        Your high on the hog was: Changing a sow's ear into silk hat.

        Pig peeve: Bondo and polyester resin are difficult to work with.

        Best pig tale: When it flew off its pig perch and hit my husband's car in the garage. Fortunately both the pig and the car survived.

        My favorite pork dish: I love anything with a little ham in it.

        What artistic movement most affected this pig? Dadaism.

        What do you call this pig: My Big Daddy.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Definitely porkography.

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

       



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